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.

Transportation »

Lockbox for road repair funds creates more problems

September 27, 2016 – 4:11 pm | 5 views

pot holeIt’s rough riding out there in Illinois. Dodging the potholes is like running an obstacle course. Plenty of our train and L cars look worse for wear. And do you ever kind of hold your breath when you start to cross a bridge?

Well, now there are organizations and citizens trying to do something to fix that.

On Nov. 8, Illinois voters will get to have their say on something that’s being referred to as the transportation lockbox amendment…Please click here to read Madeleine Doubek’s opinion piece in the Sun-Times.

SSMMA’s GIS Consortium welcomes Thornton and Alsip / adds a GPS Program to services

September 26, 2016 – 11:57 am | 9 views

GIS Updates
By Dennis Latto
1. We would like to welcome two new members to the SSMMA GIS Consortium! The Village of Alsip and the Village of Thornton’s boards have recently approved the resolution to become SSMMA’s …

Great Lakes Basin tweaks portions of proposed rail routes

September 26, 2016 – 10:02 am | 11 views

A new filing of alternate routes for the proposed Great Lakes Basin Transportation’s freight rail bypass around Chicago shows some tweaks and modifications.
The only significant change is a proposed alternative that may take the rail …

Oct. 5: Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau annual meeting & awards luncheon

September 26, 2016 – 9:15 am | 11 views
CSCVB annual luncheon art

From the Chicago Southland CVB:
Please join the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau to celebrate 30 years in tourism with invited keynote speaker Governor Bruce Rauner.
A lot has happened in 30 years. In 1986, the …

SSMMA welcomes new planner: Sarah Kobetis

September 23, 2016 – 3:55 pm | 57 views
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Please join the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association in welcoming new planner Sarah Kobetis. She will be providing technical assistance and planning support for SSMMA’s Housing Collaborative and the South Suburban Land Bank and …

Transit-oriented housing in Chicago is back on track

September 23, 2016 – 3:33 pm | 18 views
Residents of Orland-Crossing

Real estate developers and urban planners increasingly are casting their glances backward to create communities for tomorrow.
Starting in the mid-1800s, when trains became the primary mode of transportation, American cities clustered around railways. Cars didn’t …

3,000 attend Homewood Fall Fest

September 22, 2016 – 11:17 am | 14 views
Homewood Fall Fest 2016

About 3,000 people Saturday attended the 15th annual Homewood Fall Fest, village officials said.
“It continues to grow every year,” said Allisa Opyd, the village’s spokeswoman.
The festival offers a nice transition into fall and helps people …

Oak Forest selects new police chief

September 22, 2016 – 11:07 am | 17 views
Timothy Kristen

Timothy Kristin, who was chosen to be the new Oak Forest police chief, said he wants to make a priority of bolstering the public’s level of confidence and respect for his law enforcement officers.
Kristin was …

Matteson nursing home adds amenities

September 22, 2016 – 10:44 am | 16 views

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Tuesday at the Generations at Applewood rehabilitation center and nursing home in south suburban Matteson, marking the start of an expansion of the facility at 21020 Kostner Ave.
Spokeswoman Brandy Middleton said …