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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Expanded Menards to open Tuesday in Homewood

May 22, 2017 – 11:37 am | 10 views

menards in homewoodAn expanded Menards home improvement store in Homewood, 17545 S. Halsted St., will open to customers Tuesday morning (5/23/17).

The store had been closed for about a year while construction was underway.

Among the changes, the store will now carry appliances, pet supplies and even some groceries, the retailer said.

“It’s really a nice project,” Homewood Mayor Rich Hofeld said…Please click here to read Mike Nolan’s story in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

Former Lansing Village President Dan Podgorski now named administrator

May 22, 2017 – 10:45 am | 14 views
Dan Podgorski2

In her second board meeting in office, Lansing Village President Patty Eidam remade much of the municipal government.
Eidam made seven appointments, including village administrator and the trustee vacancy she left on the Village Board. Former …

$18M warehouse planned for Tinley Park

May 19, 2017 – 10:36 am | 87 views
Hillwood distribution center in Tinley

Tinley Park officials have agreed to support a tax break for construction of a 300,000-square-foot warehouse/distribution building planned for a site directly south of Interstate 80 and north of the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.
The Village Board …

Why a property tax freeze is a no good, very bad idea for Illinois towns

May 19, 2017 – 9:17 am | 23 views
Why a property tax freeze is a no good, very bad idea for Illinois towns

This spring, Illinois lawmakers are considering proposals to permanently freeze property taxes throughout the state. Not surprisingly, the idea is gaining steam among both Republicans and Democrats.
You may be asking yourself: Why wouldn’t all local …

Eleven south suburban communities included in Cook County’s 2017 Roadwork Plan

May 18, 2017 – 10:41 am | 31 views
144th and Halsted in Riverdale

From the Cook County Government web site:
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle unveiled the list of the County’s 2017 road construction projects, offering motorists a roadmap for the upcoming season.
The Cook County Department of Transportation …

Lansing History Plaza set to open by mid-June

May 18, 2017 – 10:10 am | 24 views
History Plaza in Lansing

The History Plaza that will enliven the southwest corner of the intersection of Ridge Road and Burnham Avenue is on schedule to be largely completed by mid-June.
The Village Board received an update on the project …

191st Street to be extended/new interim assistant village manager named in Tinley

May 18, 2017 – 9:25 am | 29 views
191st Street to be extended/new interim assistant village manager named in Tinley

The Tinley Park Village Board approved an agreement clearing the way for an extension of 191st Street east from Harlem Avenue to Oak Park Avenue. The total project is estimated to cost $3.5 million and …

Former No. 1 Stacy Lewis thrilled LPGA will be coming to Olympia Fields

May 17, 2017 – 4:12 pm | 28 views
Scott Halleran – Golf Features

Stacy Lewis is thrilled that she and the rest of the best women’s golfers in the world will at last get the chance to compete at Olympia Fields Country Club this summer.
Olympia Fields has hosted …

2017 Low-Cost Rabies Vaccine, Microchip Clinics scheduled by Cook County Animal Control Department

May 17, 2017 – 3:31 pm | 30 views

Cook County’s inaugural low-cost rabies vaccine clinic of 2017 will take place Tuesday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Southwest Ice Arena, 5550 W. 127th St., Crestwood. It is the first …