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.

Environment, Infrastructure »

Being Green (in Blue Island)

July 2, 2015 – 3:48 pm | 8 views

story-29----blue-island-gi-fillingFrom the Millennium Reserve web site:

In the last 50 years, the Midwest has been hit by an increase in flooding—indeed, May 2015 was recorded as the wettest month on record in the Chicago region. These related trends have had a great impact on communities in the region. The city of Blue Island is emphasizing green infrastructure to address this issue—a natural and economical approach to water management that creates healthier urban environments.
“It’s good doing these projects in Blue Island because it’s an established community with institutions that support green infrastructure,” says Jason Berry, deputy director of planning and building for Blue Island. “There’s a growing awareness of sustainability in Blue Island…” Read more here.

Employment opportunity: SSMMA Deputy Executive Director for Transportation and Infrastructure

July 2, 2015 – 3:25 pm | 40 views
Employment opportunity: SSMMA Deputy Executive Director for Transportation and Infrastructure

The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA) is seeking to hire a Deputy Executive Director for Transportation and Infrastructure. The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association is a Council of Government representing 45 communities …

One Click Away: GIS Tool Offers Window to Region

July 2, 2015 – 1:36 pm | 12 views
map portal

With one click, a strikingly clear data set and graphic fills the computer screen with information about communities in the region. Just as there are countless opportunities to explore the region, there are almost limitless …

Free: Millennium Reserve and Greater Calumet Guide

July 1, 2015 – 2:42 pm | 52 views

From the Millennium Reserve Communications Working Group; please share with your communities:
Get outside and discover the south side’s natural and cultural treasures this summer!
With maps, photos, and detailed descriptions of regional highlights, the FREE “Explore Millennium …

Without Illiana, traffic solution shifts to Will County roads

June 29, 2015 – 3:56 pm | 22 views

Opponents of the proposed Illiana toll road feared that the huge cost of the estimated $1.5 billion project would eventually fall on the taxpayers of Illinois.
Now that the controversial project appears to be dead, the …

Flossmoor’s renovated Metra station is cause for celebration

June 29, 2015 – 2:21 pm | 21 views
flossmoor metra station ribbon cutting

There was a party atmosphere Friday [6/26/15] as government and business leaders celebrated the $4 million renovation of Flossmoor’s Metra station.
The rebuilt station, in full use for about a month, was dedicated in a ceremony …

SSMMA welcomes Calumet Park to SSAtlas GIS Consortium

June 26, 2015 – 7:34 pm | 31 views
SSMMA welcomes Calumet Park to SSAtlas GIS Consortium

Please join SSMMA  in welcoming the Village of Calumet Park to the South Suburban Atlas GIS Consortium. The GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Consortium is an initiative of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association that …

Making Healthy Living Easier

June 26, 2015 – 6:11 pm | 36 views
Making Healthy Living Easier

Making Healthy Living Easier
By Kimberly Morris
Healthy eating is at the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. A healthy diet can lower our risk of illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, as well as defend …

July 24: CSEDC Quarterly Forum

June 26, 2015 – 3:30 pm | 47 views

July 24: CSEDC Quarterly Forum
When: July 24, 2015, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Where: Thornton Fractional Township High School
18500 Burnham Ave, Lansing, IL 60438
8:30 – Check-in and networking
9:00 – Program
10:30 – Adjourn
RSVP here.
Please contact Holly Campbell for …