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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Chicago Heights receives grant for parkway trees

October 5, 2015 – 11:41 am | 8 views

enhanced-9885-1392274784-1The City of Chicago Heights has been awarded a federal grant through Morton Arboretum for $23,300 to replace parkway trees in neighborhoods throughout the city.

Mayor David A. Gonzalez announced the award at the recent city council meeting, recognizing the work of Jack Hynes, the city’s Economic Development consultant, who was responsible for securing the grant…Read more here from the City of Chicago Heights’ web site.

La Grange fair housing worker honored for efforts to promote diversity

October 5, 2015 – 11:12 am | 5 views

La Grange resident Marian Honel-Wilson has been recognized for her commitment to diversity both professionally and in her personal life.
“Too often, people who work in a state agency dedicated to a particular social justice topic …

Mokena hires new administrator from Crest Hill

October 5, 2015 – 10:09 am | 7 views

Mokena has hired a new village administrator from a nearby city to replace the retired John Downs.
Crest Hill City Administrator John Tomasoski is scheduled to start working Nov. 2 for Mokena.
“He’s got good experience,” Mokena …

Historic Balmoral Park to close

October 5, 2015 – 9:35 am | 8 views

Historic Balmoral Park in Crete, which has hosted horse racing since 1926 when it opened as Lincoln Fields, will be forced to close next year due to a decision by the Illinois Racing Board to …

South Suburban Water Supply Task Force begins discussion on regional issues

October 2, 2015 – 3:44 pm | 15 views

The Water Supply Task Force met Oct 1, 2015 for the purpose of education, information sharing and developing ideas and strategies for potential joint action. Future meetings will be posted as information becomes available.

Oct 15: MPC rountable – Let the Dollars Flow: Viable Ways to Finance Water Infrastructure

October 2, 2015 – 3:29 pm | 18 views
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MPC Roundtable
Let the Dollars Flow: Viable Ways to Finance Water Infrastructure
October 15, 2015, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Planning Council
140 S. Dearborn Street, Suite 1400
Our nation’s water service infrastructure is crumbling and in need of reinvestment, …

Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti kicks-off CGMP’s Manufacturing Day 2015

October 2, 2015 – 1:50 pm | 16 views

Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti kicked-off the Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership’s (CGMP) Manufacturing Day event October 1,  2015 at Bloom High School in Chicago Heights with Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proclamation in support of manufacturing jobs. Sanguinetti …

Employment opportunity: Hazel Crest administrative clerk

October 2, 2015 – 11:08 am | 258 views
Employment opportunity: Hazel Crest administrative clerk

The Village of Hazel Crest, Illinois, located in Northeastern Illinois, Cook County, is a diverse community of 14,100 residents in close proximity to major regional employment and commercial center in the Chicago metropolitan area. The …

Mayors push to release tax money due towns

October 2, 2015 – 10:09 am | 15 views

Suburban mayors are stepping up pressure on the state to release millions of dollars in motor fuel and gambling tax revenue and other funds that have been blocked since the Illinois budget impasse began July …