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.

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May 1: EDA’s ‘Sizing up our Region’s Green Economy’ summit

March 27, 2017 – 11:54 am | 18 views

Calumet river2The EDA University Center @ UIC invites you to a Community Summit

Sizing up our Region’s Green Economy
May 1, 2017
Registration and Coffee – 9 a.m.
Program – 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Chicago State University Library
9501 S King Dr, Chicago
​Come learn about the new EDA Center @UIC, a five-year commitment to promoting green industrial development in the Chicago Region with a focus on the Calumet Corridor. This FREE event will include thought-provoking research and exciting speakers. Click here for more information.

The purpose of the US Economic Development Administration  Center @ UIC is to promote green industrial development in the Chicago Region with an initial focus on the Calumet Corridor in Southeastern Cook. By leveraging higher education assets and conducting applied research and technical assistance, the Center will facilitate the creation and dissemination of innovative green economic development strategies and practices that promise to yield sustainable growth and job creation in the region.

The Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement is an applied research and technical assistance unit in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).  UIC is the largest university in the Chicago area, and CUPPA is a nationally recognized innovator in education, research, and engagement in support of the nation’s cities and metropolitan areas.

MWRD has global positioning units (GPS) to map sewer systems

March 27, 2017 – 11:32 am | 15 views
MWRD has global positioning units (GPS) to map sewer systems

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is pleased to offer global positioning units (GPS) to provide sewer system owners resources to begin mapping their sewer systems in GIS or improve their existing …

SPC News

March 27, 2017 – 9:14 am | 12 views
SPC News

Surplus Vehicle and Equipment Auction Just a Month Away!
The April 25 Municipal Spring Surplus Vehicle and Equipment Auction at America’s Auto Auction in Crestwood is just a month away. There is still time to join …

New plan released to help reduce flooding in the Calumet Corridor

March 24, 2017 – 2:52 pm | 42 views
New plan released to help reduce flooding in the Calumet Corridor

The Center for Neighborhood Technology released “RainReady” flood prevention plans on 3/22 for six south suburban communities including Blue Island, Calumet City, Calumet Park, Dolton, Riverdale and Robbins. The plans help each town reduce systemic flooding …

Chatham Street Bridge opens in Blue Island completing 1st leg of eastern portion of Cal-Sag Trail

March 22, 2017 – 9:38 am | 30 views
Chatham Street Bridge ribbon-cutting 3-20-17

Blue Island’s Chatham Street Bridge officially opened this week, completing the second of two major bridge reconstructions in the south suburban community.
The bike and walking path bridge will serve as the first leg of the …

Upscale movie theater planned for TOD Triangle Development in Orland Park

March 21, 2017 – 10:22 am | 44 views

An upscale eight-screen movie theater operated by a new entrant in the Chicago market is planned to anchor the next phase of Orland Park’s Main Street Triangle development, the village announced Monday.
Cinepolis USA, which currently …

April 1: Congresswoman Kelly to host youth job and resource fair

March 21, 2017 – 9:11 am | 961 views
Youth Job Expo – Flyer 2017

Press release from Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s office
Congresswoman Robin Kelly will host a Youth Job and Resource Expo for young men and women between the ages of 15 and 24 on Saturday, April 1, from 9 …

Homewood hires economic development director

March 20, 2017 – 11:25 am | 97 views
Angela Mesaros

The village of Homewood has hired a La Grange village planner as director of economic development.
Angela Mesaros replaces Tom Vander Woude, who left Homewood in December for a job at a planning company in Chicago, …

Mokena conducts special census to capture state-shared revenues provided to communities on per capita basis

March 17, 2017 – 3:49 pm | 28 views
Mokena conducts special census to capture state-shared revenues provided to communities on per capita basis

From the Village of Mokena, Illinois Newsletter:
Have you moved into one of Mokena’s newer subdivisions over the past several years?
If so, it will soon be time for you to stand up and be counted.
With the Mokena …