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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Cook County funds now available for transportation projects

January 23, 2017 – 2:33 pm | 4 views

invest_in_cook_featureStarting Monday, local governments and other public agencies in Cook County can apply for some of the $8.5 million available for new transportation-related projects.

The new program seeks projects that go beyond the county’s traditional focus on roads to include pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and freight-related improvements, said John Yonan, county superintendent of transportation and highways. This is part of the county’s new long-range transportation plan, which was announced last summer and is its first in 75 years…Please click here (and scroll down) to read Mary Wisniewski’s story in the Tribune.

The deadline to apply is March 17.  Click here for the application and more information.

Kadner: Small ray of hope for fairer school funding in Illinois

January 23, 2017 – 2:18 pm | 3 views
Kadner: Small ray of hope for fairer school funding in Illinois

While the war between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (who is also the state’s Democratic Party chief) continues in Springfield, progress apparently is being made on one most troublesome, long-term …

Approval process underway for new consolidated dispatch center agreement

January 23, 2017 – 12:14 pm | 37 views
Will County Public Safety complex

What will be Will County’s largest 911 dispatch center is taking shape, not just physically but also legally, as its 31 agencies are in the process of approving the intergovernmental agreement to create this consolidated …

Suburbs see growth in tax revenue from video gambling

January 23, 2017 – 11:40 am | 3 views

Most south and southwest suburbs that allow video gambling saw tax revenue generated by the machines increase last year, according to new figures from the Illinois Gaming Board.
Most area communities also saw increases in the …

Daily Southtown Editorial Board: South suburbs should get in on the casino game

January 23, 2017 – 10:43 am | 4 views
harrahs casino in Joliet

A new push is underway to expand casino gambling in Illinois, this time as part of a package of proposed revenue and spending legislation that supporters say could lead to approval of a six-month state …

TOD takes patience, resolve and money

January 23, 2017 – 9:56 am | 3 views
Orland Metra station 143rd

The pay-off from the South Shore Line’s West Lake Corridor and Double Track NWI investments of a combined $893 million depends in part on what happens around the rail line’s stations, and success there will …

Employment opportunities: Flossmoor part-time property maintenance inspectors

January 23, 2017 – 9:24 am | 40 views
Employment opportunities: Flossmoor part-time property maintenance inspectors

Village of Flossmoor, Illinois (population 9,468), a progressive, mature full service south suburban community of the Chicago metropolitan area, seeks two (2) Part-time Property Maintenance Inspectors to perform exterior inspections of both residential and commercial …

Steger hosts SSMMA dinner meeting at Scrementi’s

January 20, 2017 – 2:46 pm | 17 views

The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association welcomed new Executive Director Kristi DeLaurentiis at the January 19 dinner meeting. It was held at Scrementi’s, 3760 Chicago Road, and hosted by Mayor Kenneth Peterson, Jr and the …