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.


SSMMA welcomes new GIS Analyst Tamara Freihat

August 31, 2016 – 12:15 pm | 10 views

TamaraPlease join us in welcoming SSMMA GIS Analyst Tamara Freihat. She will be responsible for creating, updating, and managing feature classes such as building footprints, infrastructure, and zoning; uploading and managing geospatial data in web mapping applications (; working with, economic development, housing and transportation staff to provide mapping support and more.

Ms. Freihat has recently graduated from Chicago State University, with an MA in Geography; she specialized in Geographic Information System (GIS) with a particular focus on urban planning. The product of her thesis was an article entitled “Modeling Urban Sprawl in Northeastern Illinois,” published in the Journal of Geosciences and Geomatics, She obtained her BA degree in architectural engineering from Jordan University for Science and Technology.

Tamara completed an internship with the Field Museum / Keller Science action Center, where she assisted in managing GIS data, producing maps, field work, data analysis and research projects. Also, she is currently volunteering at the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), assisting in gathering, preparing, and summarizing geospatial datasets.

Tamara lives in Chicago with her husband and two kids; she is seeking to learn and grow in her career and life.

Sept. 26: Mayors’ economic development breakfast

August 31, 2016 – 12:11 pm | 7 views
Mayor’s Economic Development Breakfast Sept 26th

Amazon announces plans for Monee facility

August 30, 2016 – 11:01 am | 17 views
Amazon announces plans for Monee facility

Amazon has announced plans to open a fulfillment center in Monee, which will be the e-commerce company’s fourth such facility in Will County.
The 850,000-square-foot operation in Monee will pick, pack and ship small items, including …

Flossmoor making bid for more retail development near Meijer

August 30, 2016 – 9:16 am | 8 views
Vollmer Road in Flossmoor_el

Flossmoor’s Meijer superstore is sparking interest in further commercial development in the village’s southwest corner.
The village is taking steps to bring in developers who will add more retail along Vollmer Road and Crawford Avenue.
Village Manager …

Employment opportunity: Audit manager career in the south suburbs

August 30, 2016 – 8:46 am | 23 views

John Kasperek Co., Inc. a full-service Certified Public Accounting firm located in Calumet City, Illinois is seeking an Audit Manager to join our team. The ideal candidate will contribute expertise in auditing and accounting operations …

More pieces of Orland ‘Triangle’ being put in place

August 29, 2016 – 11:12 am | 11 views
More pieces of Orland ‘Triangle’ being put in place

With work on two more major components of Orland Park’s Main Street Triangle moving toward completion in the coming months, plans are under way for further development on the 27-acre site northwest of LaGrange Road …

Officials say south suburban outlet mall is making progress

August 29, 2016 – 11:06 am | 19 views
CC Outlet sign

“Construction begins soon,” a recently installed billboard next to acres of farmland informs passersby on Cicero Avenue.
It refers to Chicagoland Outlets at Country Club Hills, a 400,000-square-foot outlet mall which has, in various iterations, been …

Celebrity plungers raised nearly $18k for Cal-Sag Trail

August 29, 2016 – 10:24 am | 58 views

Friends of the Cal-Sag Trail (FOCST) joined local officials, leaders and supporters to celebrate a new day of cleaner water, a healthier ecology and changing image of the Cal-Sag Channel by taking a plunge on …

Sept.1: City of Harvey town hall meeting

August 26, 2016 – 2:31 pm | 24 views
Sept.1: City of Harvey town hall meeting

The City of Harvey is inviting residents to participate in a community meeting to discuss the remedial action planned for the Harvey Intermodal Site (301 East 152nd Street). The community meeting will include discussing any …