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 »

New plan released to help reduce flooding in the Calumet Corridor

March 24, 2017 – 2:52 pm | 3 views

rain-ready-logo-tempThe Center for Neighborhood Technology released “RainReady” flood prevention plans on 3/22 for six south suburban communities including Blue Island, Calumet City, Calumet Park, Dolton, Riverdale and Robbins. The plans help each town reduce systemic flooding issues while creating more beautiful, economically vibrant communities.

The Calumet Corridor planning process was funded by the Cook County Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program.  CNT’s  project partners were the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association who provided planning, technical assistance, GIS data and community outreach support. Read more here.


Chatham Street Bridge opens in Blue Island completing 1st leg of eastern portion of Cal-Sag Trail

March 22, 2017 – 9:38 am | 15 views
Chatham Street Bridge ribbon-cutting 3-20-17

Blue Island’s Chatham Street Bridge officially opened this week, completing the second of two major bridge reconstructions in the south suburban community.
The bike and walking path bridge will serve as the first leg of the …

Upscale movie theater planned for TOD Triangle Development in Orland Park

March 21, 2017 – 10:22 am | 24 views

An upscale eight-screen movie theater operated by a new entrant in the Chicago market is planned to anchor the next phase of Orland Park’s Main Street Triangle development, the village announced Monday.
Cinepolis USA, which currently …

April 1: Congresswoman Kelly to host youth job and resource fair

March 21, 2017 – 9:11 am | 226 views
Youth Job Expo – Flyer 2017

Press release from Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s office
Congresswoman Robin Kelly will host a Youth Job and Resource Expo for young men and women between the ages of 15 and 24 on Saturday, April 1, from 9 …

Homewood hires economic development director

March 20, 2017 – 11:25 am | 45 views
Angela Mesaros

The village of Homewood has hired a La Grange village planner as director of economic development.
Angela Mesaros replaces Tom Vander Woude, who left Homewood in December for a job at a planning company in Chicago, …

Mokena conducts special census to capture state-shared revenues provided to communities on per capita basis

March 17, 2017 – 3:49 pm | 21 views
Mokena conducts special census to capture state-shared revenues provided to communities on per capita basis

From the Village of Mokena, Illinois Newsletter:
Have you moved into one of Mokena’s newer subdivisions over the past several years?
If so, it will soon be time for you to stand up and be counted.
With the Mokena …

SSMMA honors associate members/Sen. Duckworth at annual appreciation dinner

March 17, 2017 – 2:59 pm | 70 views

The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association honored our highly esteemed associate members at a dinner meeting Thursday night (3/16/17) hosted by the Villages of Glenwood and Thornton. Read more about associate membership here. The event …

Oak Forest pays tribute to Police Officer James Morrissy who was killed in line of duty

March 17, 2017 – 9:40 am | 34 views
Oak Forest pays tribute to Police Officer James Morrissy who was killed in line of duty

Police recently paid tribute to the first Oak Forest officer to be killed in the line of duty.
James Morrissy, who was 62 at the time of his death March 17, 2014, was responding to a …

Demolition of Matteson’s Lincoln Mall ordered

March 17, 2017 – 9:28 am | 37 views
Demolition of Matteson’s Lincoln Mall ordered

A court-ordered demolition of the shuttered Lincoln Mall in Matteson could begin as soon as next month, setting the stage for a redevelopment of the 48-acre property, village officials said.
The village and the mall’s court-appointed …