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.

Regional Quality of Life »

Tinley Park pays $4.16M for 280-acre mental health center and land

October 24, 2014 – 6:08 pm | 4 views

Tinley mental healthTinley Park is moving to purchase 280 acres formerly occupied by the Tinley Park Mental Health Center and Howe Developmental Center.

In a letter to Simone McNeil, acting director of the Illinois Department of Central Management Services, Mayor Ed Zabrocki says the village attorney has been directed to draft a purchase contract for $4.16 million, with the money placed in installments in an escrow account until a tentative closing date of June 19…Please click here to read Phil Kadner’s column in the Southtown Star. A related story can be found in the Tribune.

Nov 13: Energy fair featuring Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

October 24, 2014 – 5:25 pm | 6 views

Please share with your residents:
From Cook County Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy. 
Energy Assistance is Available – Need Help Paying Heating Bills?
Cook County Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy is hosting an Energy & Information Fair Thursday, November 13th – 10am …

NHS Neighborhood Heroes: Chicago Southland Housing & Community Development Collaborative

October 22, 2014 – 3:48 pm | 24 views
Lakeshia and Janice accept NHS award

Neighborhood Housing Services recognized SSMMA’s Chicago Southland Housing & Community Development Collaborative with a Neighborhood Hero award at their annual meeting and leadership recognition event. See the nomination video here. NHS new president Kristin Faust was also …

Tribune to buy Post-Tribune, Southtown Star and other suburban papers

October 22, 2014 – 2:05 pm | 17 views

In a tectonic shift in the local media landscape, Chicago’s leading media observer is reporting the parent company of the Sun-Times plans to sell to rival Chicago Tribune all its suburban newspapers, including the Post-Tribune …

Suburban Chicago homebuilders talking about land again

October 21, 2014 – 8:47 pm | 21 views

Dirt is starting to catch the attention of suburban homebuilders again.
With their 2014 construction season winding down, the area’s large builders continue to pick up the lots of fallen competitors in established subdivisions, but they …

Bond rating diversity reflects differences in south suburbs

October 20, 2014 – 2:55 pm | 24 views

Each individual south suburban community faces a different set of financial and debt-related challenges. Some have addressed those challenges better than others in recent years.
Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s are worldwide financial services and ratings …

Oct. 29: Janice Morrissy retirement gathering

October 17, 2014 – 7:20 pm | 24 views

Please click here to download the invitation.

Nov. 5: Senate bill regarding school funding discussions

October 17, 2014 – 5:08 pm | 60 views
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Illinois Reps. William Davis, Thaddeus Jones and Napoleon Harris, III invite elected officials, school board members and the general public to meetings to discuss SB16, which amends the School Code in regard to the distribution …

Five Southland communities to receive local technical assistance from CMAP

October 17, 2014 – 4:15 pm | 51 views
Five Southland communities to receive local technical assistance from CMAP

Five Southland communities will receive staff assistance or grants to drive implementation of the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan, CMAP officials announced Oct. 16 in a press release.
Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program projects include …