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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.

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September 22, 2017 – 3:05 pm | 19 views

NWMC Fall Auction Coming Up
The fall NWMC surplus vehicle and equipment auction will be held on Tuesday, October 24, 2:00 p.m. at America’s Auto Auction in Crestwood. Country Club Hills, Crestwood, Glencoe, Kenilworth, New Lenox, Norwood Park, and Wilmette have already agreed to send vehicles. There is still plenty of time to participate, so please contact staff or click here for more information on the October auction or for a complete description of America’s Auto Auction services. Staff contact: Ellen Dayan

Ford Extends Pricing on SPC 2018 F350XL 4×2 Chassis Cab Contract
The Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) is pleased to announce that Landmark Ford of Springfield has agreed to rollover 2017 pricing on the 2018 Ford F350 XL 4×2 Chassis Cab (Contract #144). The contract runs through March 17, 2018. For questions or additional information, please contact staff or Steve Decker, or 217-862-5253. Staff contact: Ellen Dayan

Click here for more information about the Suburban Purchasing Cooperative, or to view the catalog.

$1 Billion in TIGER funding for 2017 & 2018

September 22, 2017 – 2:47 pm | 17 views
$1 Billion in TIGER funding for 2017 & 2018

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced $500 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER funding) for the 2017 fiscal year, as well as another $500 million beginning in 2018.
The 2017 Consolidated Appropriates Act authorizes …

Oct. 11: Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau’s annual meeting & luncheon

September 22, 2017 – 2:14 pm | 18 views

CSCVB’s 2017 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Hilton Chicago/Oak Lawn &
Conference Center
9333 South Cicero Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Join the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau to …

Metra seeks public comment on strategic plan

September 22, 2017 – 12:27 pm | 19 views
Metra seeks public comment on strategic plan

Metra is working to finalize its strategic plan, and seeks your comment. It’s a critically important document that will guide the agency for years to come. Read more.
“On Track to Excellence” draft Strategic Plan, September …

Duckworth: Investments in workforce development is key to growing good-paying Illinois jobs

September 22, 2017 – 11:43 am | 16 views
Sen Duckworth at roundtable in Park Forest

Press release from the office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth:
U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) highlighted her efforts to support workforce development programs throughout Illinois at a roundtable on Sept. 21 with community leaders from the greater …

Joliet partners with South Suburban Land Bank for demolition and blight reduction support

September 19, 2017 – 10:14 am | 31 views
wrecking ball

The Joliet City Council will decide this week whether to spend $50,000 to buy two blighted homes at 833 South Richards Street and 837 South Richards Street for demolition purposes. Interim City Manager Marty Shanahan …

Please vote for us for Chicago Innovation Awards’ “People’s Choice Award”

September 19, 2017 – 9:52 am | 40 views
laser bed template

Please support us by voting for Chicago Southland Economic Development Corp/Southworks Engineering and Robotics Competition for the Chicago Innovation Awards‘ “People’s Choice Award.” Click here to vote by Oct. 5, 2017, and share with all your …

Land off Halsted in Homewood sold to developers, parcel donated to IDOT

September 18, 2017 – 10:29 am | 32 views
175th and Halsted i Homewood

Two new restaurants may be coming to land near the corner of 175th and Halsted Streets in Homewood.
The village is selling land near the intersection to developers and donating space to the Illinois Department of …

Employment opportunity: University Park Village Manager

September 18, 2017 – 9:52 am | 57 views
Employment opportunity: University Park Village Manager

The Village of University Park will be accepting applications and resumes for the position of Village Manager through Monday, October 2, 2017.  Job position summary and application may be picked up at Village Hall or …