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.

Economic Development »

Most south suburban TIF districts saw revenue increases, report says

July 22, 2017 – 11:40 am | 2 views

Most tax increment financing districts in the south and southwest suburbs gained revenue last year compared with 2015, according to a new report by Cook County Clerk David Orr.

TIF districts are widespread in the Southland, with communities using incremental increases in property tax revenue to pay for public improvements such as new streets, water and sewer lines and sidewalks. In some instances, revenue generated goes toward paying the principal and interest on bonds to finance those improvements…Please click here to read Mike Nolan’s story in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

CMAP’s Future of Economic Opportunity forum

July 20, 2017 – 3:04 pm | 20 views

How can metropolitan Chicago adapt to ensure that the American Dream is obtainable here, and that our economy is thriving between now and 2050?
That was one of the overarching questions discussed July 19 at Chicago …

MWRD is now selling compost and accepting bulk yard waste to promote resource recovery

July 19, 2017 – 1:54 pm | 31 views
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Press release from Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago:
Landscapers and gardeners seeking premium quality compost while making a commitment to their environment can look no further than the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago …

Homewood and Flossmoor named two of four hottest suburban real estate markets

July 19, 2017 – 9:21 am | 37 views
Homewood-Flossmoor on Kedzie

Two pairs of towns, one far north and the other far south, had the fastest-moving real estate markets in the suburbs in the first half of the year.
Crain’s crunched end-of-June data that the Chicago Association …

Cook County Homeland Security & Emergency Management answers questions on state disaster flood proclamation

July 18, 2017 – 4:08 pm | 28 views
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From the Cook County Homeland Security & Emergency Management’s web site:
Flood FAQs
For Governments
What does the state disaster proclamation mean for units of governments?
The state disaster proclamation ensures state resources are available to help government officials respond …

Oak Forest OKs electronics recycling deal

July 17, 2017 – 10:59 am | 30 views
Oak Forest OKs electronics recycling deal

The City Council for Oak Forest approved an amended deal with a Homewood-based company to make it easier for local residents to dispose of their old televisions and other electronic devices.
For the past five years …

Tinley Park looks at relaxing residency rule for village employees

July 17, 2017 – 9:45 am | 37 views

Now that Tinley Park police are no longer required to live in the village, officials are looking at relaxing the rule for most all other full-time employees.
But in preliminary discussions at a committee meeting last …

Will County plans to lower property tax rate, finance chairman says

July 14, 2017 – 10:24 am | 72 views
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Will County should be able to drop its property tax rate by at least 1.5 percent in the upcoming 2018 budget, said the county board’s finance committee chairman.
“This is even better than a freeze. We’re …

New fresh markets in Oak Forest, Robbins and Ford Heights

July 14, 2017 – 10:04 am | 45 views

Cook County Health & Hospitals System and the Black Oaks Center have started a series of Farmers Markets at their south suburban facilities in Oak Forest, Robbins and Ford Heights. The Markets take place weekly. …