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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Oct. 28: Flossmoor to host regional Bike Walk Every Town Summit

October 16, 2017 – 12:42 pm | 12 views

Bike Walk Every Town is a new suburban advocacy training program designed to help residents build a local campaign to improve biking and walking in their community. The Active Transportation Alliance invites you to attend a free Suburban Advocacy Summit to learn the skills and advocacy tools you need to make change happen locally. The summits will offer assistance to help you develop an advocacy campaign, direction and guidance in advocating for better walking and biking policies, and opportunities to network with other like-minded individuals in your region.

Please submit your contact information here to register for the summit. If you have any questions about registration, email Maggie Melin at

Saturday, October 28 (11:30am to 4pm at Flossmoor Station Brewory in Flossmoor)

Dec. 3, 2017 – Dec 3, 2018: Illinois Bicentennial celebration

October 16, 2017 – 11:37 am | 6 views
Illinois Bicentennial

From the Illinois Bicentennial Commission:
It’s our 200th birthday and we are #ILLINOISPROUD
Participate in the celebration!
Illinois Bicentennial is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to unite statewide partners, events, and projects to celebrate and commemorate our state’s 200th …

Bridge over Cal Sag Channel to close for 2 months

October 16, 2017 – 11:20 am | 6 views
Cal-Sag bridge at Cicero ave

Starting Monday (10/16), the Cicero Avenue bridge over the Cal Sag Channel will close to traffic for two months for repairs, according to Crestwood police.
Alternative routes are east on 135th Street to Pulaski Road, north …

EPA is accepting applications for technical assistance grants supporting liveable, walkable communities

October 13, 2017 – 2:20 pm | 28 views
EPA is accepting applications for technical assistance grants supporting liveable, walkable communities

Local Foods, Local Places
Local Foods, Local Places helps communities create more livable neighborhoods by promoting local foods. The program has been supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers …

South Holland appoints new Police Chief

October 13, 2017 – 11:47 am | 18 views
South Holland Police Chief pic

The Village of South Holland announced the appointment of their new Police Chief Shawn Staples to fill the vacancy of retired Chief Greg Baker.
“Shawn Staples has served the village very well, gaining the highest respect …

Matteson 1 of 3 contenders for Little League HQ

October 13, 2017 – 9:58 am | 14 views
Matteson 1 of 3 contenders for Little League HQ

Matteson is on the short list of communities being considered by Little League International as a new site for the Central Region headquarters, according to a league spokesman.
Two other communities, both near the region’s former …

SSMMA endorses Rick Reinbold for CMAP Board reappointment

October 12, 2017 – 2:39 pm | 26 views

The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA) unanimously endorsed the reappointment of Richton Park Village President Richard (Rick) Reinbold to another four year term on the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Board during …

Chicago Southland CVB recognises Mokena/HITS as regional leaders

October 12, 2017 – 2:20 pm | 19 views
Mayors Fleischer and Einhorn at CSCVB luncheon 2017

HITS and the Village of Mokena were among honorees at the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau’s annual awards luncheon Oct. 11 at the Hilton in Oak Lawn.
Mokena Mayor Frank Fleischer accepted the Patricia Chase …

Regional planning agency seeks $24M grant to finish Marquette Greenway

October 12, 2017 – 9:57 am | 15 views
Marquette Greenway

Gaps in the long-planned 58-mile Marquette Greenway trail could be filled in the next five years if the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission gets a $24 million grant it’s applying for this month.
Plans call for …