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.

Public Safety »

Major crimes are focus of South SuburbanTask Force

January 17, 2017 – 11:58 am | 0 views

logo_ssmctfOn Jan. 8, 1993, two men entered a Brown’s Chicken in northwest suburban Palatine and murdered the husband-and-wife owners, as well as five of their employees, stashing the bodies in the restaurant’s freezer.

What became known as the “Brown’s Chicken Massacre” would influence the thinking of police chiefs in the south and southwest suburbs as far as how law enforcement investigates homicides, whether there’s one victim or multiple on a mass scale.

The formation in 1999 of the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force was a result of the Brown’s Chicken case, according to Tim McCarthy, chairman of the task force and police chief in Orland Park…Please click here to read Mike Nolan’s story in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

Memorial set for Olympia Fields Trustee Robert Waite

January 17, 2017 – 9:35 am | 1 views
Olympia Fields trustee Robert Waite

A public memorial service for Olympia Fields Trustee Robert Waite is scheduled for 1 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Prairie State College auditorium in Chicago Heights.
Waite, 79, died of a heart attack Dec. 29. He …

CONSTRUCT employment & training program information sessions, hosted by Rep. William Davis

January 13, 2017 – 2:48 pm | 49 views
Construct South Sub – Info Session

From Rep. William Davis and the YWCA; please share with your communities:

Reggie Greenwood’s economic development report

January 13, 2017 – 2:36 pm | 26 views

Dear investors,
Our mission is to build a community around our shared interest in building a Chicago Southland Economy that provides good-paying jobs while improving the quality of our built and natural environments.
In 2017, we are …

IML has outlined its 2017 Legislative Agenda

January 13, 2017 – 2:27 pm | 13 views

How modern day train robberies are bringing more guns to the Chicago region

January 13, 2017 – 2:22 pm | 14 views

Chicago streets are marked with the remnants of gun violence.
In a continuing look at how illegal guns are flowing into Chicago, WGN Investigates shows that modern day train robberies are bringing hundreds of guns to …

Crete Township residents hear proposed intermodal facility plan

January 13, 2017 – 9:57 am | 19 views
Mike Einhorn2

Crete President Michael Einhorn downplayed potential problems associated with a proposed intermodal facility Wednesday, adding it’s possible the development might never materialize.
But the long-time south suburban mayor said the proposed rail-to-truck operation, if built, would …

Will County to seek grant for work near proposed Crete intermodal site

January 13, 2017 – 9:26 am | 16 views
CSX Intermodal project site

Despite impassioned pleas from Crete Township residents and the Will County board members who represent them, the board agreed to seek grant funds for a grade separation on Crete-Monee Road at the site of a …

Funding opportunity: Farmers Market Promotion Program

January 12, 2017 – 9:52 am | 31 views

The purpose of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) is to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, …