Economic Development

SSMMA’s planning, transportation, housing and economic development efforts contribute to long-term vitality and regional growth.


SSMMA is a partner and a resource for local governments that want to improve housing in their communities.


SSMMA is committed to plans and projects that enhance the region’s transportation and mobility systems.


SSMMA helps leverage technologies in the region that support the demands of business, education and local government.

Regional Quality of Life

SSMMA creates, promotes and delivers consensus-backed, regional solutions that make our communities more livable and protect or enhance our natural environment.

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Tuesday evenings (June 2 – July 28): Top Maker Professional Course

May 22, 2015 – 6:51 pm | 24 views

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Top Maker Professional Course
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Tuesday Evenings 6 – 9 pm
June 2 – July 28, 2015 (please note that additional classes have been added)
Location Varies – Only 10 slots available!
Course fee: $50
Course is designed for: Makers, startup companies and entrepreneurs who have a product idea, prototype or product and need the skills and resources to make their idea real. This course gives startup companies the knowledge they need to grow from protoyping to scaling, with an emphasis on local/ regional manufacturing and sourcing. The course consists of one 3-hour course each week for for 9 weeks. Each class will involve 1-hour of instruction, 1-hour to hear from guest speakers – local startups, funders and manufacturing experts- and 1-hour of hands-on exercizes designed to help you expand and build your business.

Please download the flyer here and share it with your communities.

ComEd’s delivery system is ready for summer season

May 20, 2015 – 7:41 pm | 27 views
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Press release from ComEd; please share with your communities:
Summer is just around the corner and ComEd’s workforce and systems are ready for the demands of the warmer temperatures ahead. Through its smart grid program and …

Steve Cross named Peotone’s interim president through 2017

May 20, 2015 – 6:33 pm | 28 views
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Peotone Village President Richard Duran resigned last Thursday after Village Administrator George Gray resigned under pressure from the board.
Duran would have assumed extra duties until a new village administrator was named. He was village president …

Oil pipeline project underway in the Southland

May 19, 2015 – 4:08 pm | 37 views
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Enbridge Energy Co. has begun construction of the Cook County portion of an 80-mile pipeline that’s expected to transport about 570,000 barrels per day, mostly a heavy form of crude oil extracted from the tar …

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative tree funding opportunity

May 19, 2015 – 2:25 pm | 51 views
tree funding workshop

Funding is available for tree planting due to ash losses as a result of emerald ash borer for communities located within Millennium Reserve. The request for proposals application will be available here beginning June 1, 2015. Application deadline: August 1, 2015. …

Vacant and Abandoned, housing crisis lives on in homes it has emptied

May 18, 2015 – 8:30 pm | 43 views
Vacant and Abandoned, housing crisis lives on in homes it has emptied

Vacant and Abandoned
Housing crisis lives on in homes it has emptied—and banks aren’t taking responsibility
7322 South Laflin is a brick, two-story apartment building with broken windows and an unlocked front door. It wouldn’t look inhabited …

Summit Mayor Joseph W. Strzelczyk: May he rest in peace

May 18, 2015 – 5:06 pm | 112 views

SSMMA is saddened to learn that one of our members, Summit Mayor Joseph Strzelczyk, passed away yesterday.  We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and the entire Village of Summit. His wake will …

Homewood’s Rail Fest back on track

May 18, 2015 – 4:40 pm | 47 views

Spider-Man with crab hands and Darth Vader walking an AT-AT Walker war machine from the “Star Wars” films as if it were a dog are among the many comical scenes in Jeffery Viens’ railroad town …

Replacement trees adding new look in Southland neighborhoods

May 18, 2015 – 4:29 pm | 61 views
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Some new youngsters have moved into the Timbers Estates subdivision in Tinley Park.
Saplings of honey locust, crab apple, red sunset maple and swamp white oak, all just a few feet tall, are sprouting from parkways …