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.

Economic Development »

Regional economic news is good despite state budget gridlock

June 24, 2016 – 12:16 pm | 3 views
John Greuling, president and CEO of the Will County Center for Economic Development

John Greuling

Readers tired of negative stories about high taxes, the state budget impasse and other woes might be happy to hear some good news about the state of the region’s economy.

Economic development is booming in Will County, John Greuling, president and CEO of the Will County Center for Economic Development, told business leaders and regional officials Thursday at a banquet hall in Mokena.

“Things in Will County from an economic development standpoint are about as good as they’ve been in the CED’s 35 years of existence,” Greuling told the group, which included state senators Michael Hastings of Tinley Park and Pat McGuire of Joliet…Please click here to read Ted Slowik’s column in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

Vacant building resource now available

June 24, 2016 – 12:08 pm | 7 views
Layout 1

Vacant Building Ordinances
In 2016, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus partnered with Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI) to release Vacant Building Ordinances: Strategies for Confronting Vacant Building Challenges. In Illinois, there are now more than …

Homewood request for proposals (RFP): Financial advisory services

June 23, 2016 – 2:04 pm | 8 views
Homewood request for proposals (RFP): Financial advisory services

The Village of Homewood invites qualified firms to submit a proposal for financial advisory services for downtown revitalization projects. Please click here to download the RFP.
Submission of Proposals
Five (5) copies of all proposals must be submitted …

SPC News

June 23, 2016 – 9:15 am | 8 views
SPC News

Call One to Charge $10 Paper Invoice Fee Effective July 1
Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) Telecommunications Program vendor Call One is sending notices with their June invoices stating that effective July 1, they will charge a …

Mayors send strong message about need for school funding reform

June 22, 2016 – 10:15 am | 20 views
school funding

Anyone who watches “Game of Thrones” knows there’s strength in numbers.
In the popular HBO show, bands of people form alliances and unite to face a common enemy. They have to raise armies and muster enough …

Oak Forest clerk to retire

June 22, 2016 – 10:05 am | 15 views
Burkhardt staff directory

Oak Forest City Clerk Scott Burkhardt will retire July 1, the city said Tuesday in a news release.
Burkhardt was elected city clerk in 1997 and became a certified municipal clerk in 2006, according to the …

Meijer opens Flossmoor superstore with $50,000 gift to community

June 21, 2016 – 2:23 pm | 64 views
Meijer opens Flossmoor superstore with $50,000 gift to community

Meijer opened its superstore in Flossmoor Tuesday with a gift to the community – two donations of $25,000 each to Flossmoor School District 161 and Park Forest School District 163.
“My dad taught us that giving …

Employment opportunity: Oak Forest human resources manager

June 21, 2016 – 10:22 am | 55 views
Oak Forest logo – new

The City of Oak Forest, Illinois is seeking a Human Resource Manager. This full time exempt position reports directly to the City Administrator and will be an important member of the management team.
The Human Resources …

Olympia Fields Country Club to host 2017 PGA Women’s Championship

June 21, 2016 – 10:15 am | 15 views

For the rest of the golf world, last week was U.S. Open week.
At Olympia Fields Country Club, it was the first week on the clock — which has both nothing and everything to do the …