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.

Economic Development »

Tinley Park approves multimillion-dollar incentive package for hotel buyer, convention center manager

July 19, 2018 – 12:32 pm | 26 views

A multimillion-dollar incentive package involving property tax abatements by two school districts has been approved for a company that plans to buy a prominent Tinley Park hotel and will assume management of the village’s convention center. The $4 million in abatements agreed to by Elementary School District 159 and Rich Township High School District 227 would be coupled with revenue from the village’s hotel tax and used to soften the property tax bill for the Holiday Inn that the Harp Group is working to purchase.

The annual property tax bill for the hotel is $1.6 million, or more than the total property taxes paid by Tinley Park’s eight other hotels combined, according to village data…Please click here to read Mike Nolan’s story in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

Former Sauk Village Mayor /SSMMA President Roger G. Peckham passes away

July 17, 2018 – 11:15 am | 27 views

SSMMA expresses our sincerest condolences to the family, friends and the entire community of Sauk Village on the loss of former SSMMA President and Sauk Village Mayor Roger G. Peckham.
Mr. Peckham passed away peacefully on …

Employment opportunity: Flossmoor Public Works maintenance worker

July 13, 2018 – 10:11 am | 77 views
Employment opportunity: Flossmoor Public Works maintenance worker

The Village of Flossmoor is accepting applications for the full-time position of Maintenance Worker with the Public Works Department. This position performs a variety of routine tasks in the maintenance and repair of public improvements. …

July 27: CSEDC Summer Quarterly Forum in Park Forest

July 12, 2018 – 10:34 am | 74 views
Park Forest Logo

CSEDC presents
The Summer Quarterly Forum
Friday, July 27, 2018
Freedom Hall
410 Lakewood Blvd
Park Forest, IL 60466
8:30 a.m. – Coffee and networking
9:00 a.m. – Program begins
10:30 a.m. – Program concludes
We thank Mayor John A. Ostenburg and the …

CMAP presents overview of STP changes to TAG Committee

July 10, 2018 – 3:46 pm | 71 views

CMAP Policy & Programming Associate Elizabeth Irvin presented an  overview of changes to the STP program to SSMMA’s TAG Committee for feedback on July 10. Changes include the eligibility and scoring of regional projects for …

Cook County to close, redevelop old Oak Forest Hospital campus

July 10, 2018 – 12:14 pm | 96 views
Cook County to close, redevelop old Oak Forest Hospital campus

It’s the end of an era for the century-old south suburban Oak Forest Hospital campus.
Cook County plans to close and redevelop the sprawling campus as it looks to cut costs and modernize health care services.
The …

SSMMA tours Council of Carpenters facility

July 6, 2018 – 9:27 am | 106 views

In an ongoing effort to build a rapport with union officials following passage of the Prevailing Wage Amendment to Cook County’s tax incentive program, SSMMA toured the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters facility in Elk …

Southland celebrates partnerships among manufacturers, schools

July 5, 2018 – 10:57 am | 77 views
Southland celebrates partnerships among manufacturers, schools

It seemed fitting for the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation to honor Charlie Gallagher, president of Thornton-based Gallagher Asphalt, with its 2018 Big Shoes Award. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle presented Gallagher with the award …

Robbins TOD and industrial area planning

June 29, 2018 – 3:40 pm | 131 views
Robbins mwrd planning

From CMAP’s website:
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is working on a new plan to reduce flooding and create new recreational and economic opportunity in eastern Robbins near Midlothian Creek. Residents and …