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.

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Former school site in Tinley Park may be used for housing

December 18, 2014 – 3:06 pm | 12 views

Twistersnamelogo_uid32720131128561With plans for an apartment building in downtown Tinley Park moving closer to reality, village officials think the time is right to pursue another housing development nearby.

The village has owned the site of the former Central Middle School for nearly a decade, hoping homes eventually would be built there, but the recession-induced malaise in the real estate market stalled that vision…Please click here to read Mike Nolan’s story in the Southtown Star.

Lansing affirms semitrailer parking ban

December 18, 2014 – 2:49 pm | 9 views

Semitrailers are not allowed to be parked in residential or commercial areas in Lansing.
The Village Board approved an amendment to its parking ordinance Tuesday aimed at clearing up the language. Trailers cannot be stored on …

Stuenkel Road interchange expected to benefit wide area

December 17, 2014 – 8:32 pm | 15 views

A new full-access interchange along Interstate 57 at Stuenkel Road/University Parkway in Will County is a year away from completion, but local supporters of the $39 million project already looking forward to improved traffic flow …

KCBX to build $120 million petcoke enclosure

December 17, 2014 – 4:31 pm | 8 views

KCBX plans to build a huge $120 million indoor enclosure – roughly as large as Navy Pier’s Exhibition Hall – where it would consolidate its area coal and petcoke operations.
Chicago is requiring the company to …

Tinley Park to get $700,000 grant for convention center upgrades

December 17, 2014 – 4:04 pm | 13 views
Tinley Park to get $700,000 grant for convention center upgrades

Tinley Park is getting a $700,000 state grant to make improvements to the village’s convention center that officials hope could eventually lead to increased business there.
The grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic …

Lost millions hiding in unincorporated Cook County

December 16, 2014 – 4:45 pm | 13 views

If counted by itself, it would be the sixth-largest city in Illinois, just a few thousand people behind Naperville and Joliet, and only a third smaller than Aurora or Rockford. Yet it has no town …

New five- year incentive in Cook County expands availability of property tax relief

December 16, 2014 – 4:20 pm | 26 views

What is the Class 7c Incentive? The Class 7c Incentive or Commercial Urban Relief Eligibility (“CURE”) is a new five-year commercial property tax Incentive in Cook County that is targeted to help commercial property owners …

Country Club Hills mayor says he plans to retire

December 16, 2014 – 3:55 pm | 21 views

Country Club Hills Mayor Dwight Welch said Monday he will not seek re-election in April, a backhanded acknowledgment that a term limits referendum passed by voters last month effectively ended his political career.
Welch, 65, who …

Jan. 6: Best Practices in Regional Transit Governance panel discussion

December 15, 2014 – 4:21 pm | 53 views

Hosted by the TransitCenter, the Eno Center for Transportation and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Urban Transportation Center
Best Practices in Regional Transit Governance
When: Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: University of Illinois at Chicago …