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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Legislator wants to end casino sharing with South Suburbs

April 18, 2018 – 11:22 am | 17 views

State lawmakers are quietly moving forward with crafting new legislation that would greatly expand casino gambling in Illinois — an effort that’s been tried before without success.

A major difference this time is that not only will opposition likely surface, but proposals will be made to provide relief for one or more communities where a casino operates and collects large amounts of tax revenue.

Over the years, opponents of gambling expansion have cited the fear that any new gaming operations, whether casinos or video machines, will tear away at the revenue that the 10 operations earn. Many towns in the Northwest suburbs allow video gaming machines, which earns the municipality and company where the machines are located, sizable sums of money…Please click here to read  Todd Wessell’s story in Journal & Topics.

Metra Station, Track, Bridge, Crossing and Signal Upgrades in 2018

April 18, 2018 – 11:12 am | 21 views
Metra Station, Track, Bridge, Crossing and Signal Upgrades in 2018

Despite state funding cuts to Metra’s operations budget that have resulted in fare hikes and service cuts, the commuter system announced a full slate of infrastructure projects this year, with construction taking place at 30 …

Funding opportunity: Access to Transit Program

April 16, 2018 – 11:32 am | 27 views
Funding opportunity: Access to Transit Program

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is calling for projects for the Access to Transit program.
The RTA launched the Access to Transit program in 2012 to provide funding for small-scale capital projects that improve access to …

Gallagher Asphalt to receive Big Shoes Award

April 16, 2018 – 9:07 am | 25 views
Gallagher Asphalt

Gallagher Asphalt will be honored June 28 with the Big Shoes Award at the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation’s annual program honoring outstanding business leaders in the manufacturing community.
The award, designed to recognize the world-class …

June 6: Pavement Condition Rating and Management Workshop

April 13, 2018 – 10:35 am | 37 views

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the National Highway Institute (NHI) are conducting a workshop for local government officials on  June 6 to provide training on the latest techniques to …

SPC News

April 13, 2018 – 10:20 am | 32 views
SPC News

Don’t miss the chance to participate in the April 24 Surplus Vehicle and Equipment Auction
Time is running short to line up your municipality’s surplus vehicles and equipment for sale at the April 24 NWMC …

Grant opportunity to acquire land for public outdoor recreation areas

April 13, 2018 – 10:05 am | 38 views
Dynasty-Trails Hazel Crest

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is accepting applications for grants through the federally-funded Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which provides up to 50 percent funding assistance to eligible local units of government …

Southland offers variety of activities, events to honor Earth Day

April 12, 2018 – 3:54 pm | 36 views

As Earth Day approaches on April 22 Southlanders may be trying to figure out how to support clean air, land and water.
April 21 events include Earth Day Celebration at Utilities/Pubic Works Facility in Frankfort , …

May 4-5: Scott Safety Firefighter Combat Challenge in Tinley

April 12, 2018 – 3:36 pm | 38 views

Press release from the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau:
Are you ready to accept the challenge? Friday, May 4 – 5, 2018 the Scott Safety Firefighter Combat Challenge is coming to the Chicago Southland at …