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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MWRD issues permit to Olympia Fields for sanitary sewer lateral lining project in Graymoor Subdivision

November 21, 2014 – 7:47 pm | 8 views

unnamed (2)Press release and photo from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago:

On Nov. 5, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) Chairman of Finance Mariyana Spyropoulos joined Olympia Fields mayor Debbie Meyers-Martin, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, State Senator Toi Hutchinson and other leaders to break ground on the construction of the Graymoor Subdivision sanitary sewer lateral lining project.

This project is authorized under Section 219 of the U.S. Water Resources Development Act which allows the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to assist local governments in planning, designing, and constructing water-related projects. USACE is contributing 75 percent and the village is contributing 25 percent of the $563,000 construction cost. The total amount for the job is approximately $1.5 million. Performance Pipelining, Inc. was awarded the contract in September.

“District staff worked quickly to issue the permit so work could begin in a timely manner,” said Commissioner Spyropoulos. “We are thrilled the city and Army Corps are working together on this project. The District would like for this partnership to serve as a model for all separate sewer communities to reduce sanitary sewer overflow and basement backups during major rain storms.”

The Army Corps gave Olympia Fields a grant to repair lateral lines in the public right-of-way. The remaining laterals on private property will be paid for with Village Corporate funds.


Leadership STAR Community Program rating system applications are being accepted

November 21, 2014 – 4:44 pm | 11 views

Application period: December 1, 2014 – January 16, 2015
The Leadership STAR Community Program provides extensive staff support and services to a cohort of communities as they work through the STAR Community Rating System measuring local sustainability. Communities …

Rauner spokesman: Illiana Expressway may have potential to be economic development engine

November 20, 2014 – 4:32 pm | 15 views
Rauner spokesman: Illiana Expressway may have potential to be economic development engine

Environmental groups and Will County residents called on Illinois officials Wednesday to drop plans to build the Illiana Expressway.
At a Statehouse news conference, opponents of the 47-mile toll road connecting Interstate 55 in Wilmington and …

Beecher Village Hall is moving to a new location and embracing technology to better serve residents

November 20, 2014 – 4:01 pm | 16 views

Beecher Village Hall was closed on November 14 to move to its new location at 625 Dixie Highway. An open house will be held at the new location on November 24, from 5 to 7 …

Cook County on board with Calumet Enterprise Zone

November 20, 2014 – 3:19 pm | 50 views
Cook County on board with Calumet Enterprise Zone

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle introduced an ordinance aimed at generating economic development at the Cook County Board of Commissioners meeting Wednesday.
The Cook County Bureau of Economic Development and South Suburban Mayors and Managers …

South suburban artists and gifts featured at Union Street Gallery’s ‘Twelfth Month’ exhibit

November 20, 2014 – 3:11 pm | 13 views

Artwork, fine crafts and handmade gift items are being featured at the Union Street Gallery’s annual “Twelfth Month” exhibit and art boutique through Dec. 20. A free  reception will be held Saturday November 22, 12-3 …

Legislation throws money on the fire

November 19, 2014 – 3:53 pm | 13 views
Legislation throws money on the fire

Two little words in a bill moving through Springfield stand to soak property taxpayers. Those two words are: “including manning.”
Legislation scheduled for a House committee hearing Wednesday would require local cities and towns to negotiate …

A blurry ‘20/20 Vision’ for schools

November 19, 2014 – 3:29 pm | 16 views

Listening to educators talk about adopting a “differentiated accountability model” and the “Torrance Test for Creative Thinking” on Tuesday made me want to weep.
It’s almost physically painful to hear these highly educated folks struggle to …

Bill to revise Illinois’ school funding formula alarms many Southland districts

November 19, 2014 – 3:15 pm | 21 views

With a potential vote looming in the Illinois House in the coming weeks on legislation that would cause a seismic shift in how state education funds are distributed, many Southland school districts are rallying support …