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.

Transportation »

South Side’s transit desert: More trains would be a lifeline

July 22, 2016 – 11:31 am | 11 views

metra trainTo get to her summer job at an academic testing center in Naperville last year, teacher Antonia Flynn left her house in the Washington Heights neighborhood at 5 a.m., then took two buses and two Metra trains — a 2 1/2- hour commute that wore her down: “I’d get home at 8 p.m. All I did was travel. The pressure on my body was … I can’t explain it.” This year, she decided to not take the Naperville summer job — it wasn’t worth the physical and psychological wear and tear.

There’s a name for the geographic affliction sapping the energy of Far South Siders. They’re stuck in transit deserts — city neighborhoods and suburbs poorly served by mass transit…Please click here to read the Tribune editorial piece.

SPC News

July 22, 2016 – 11:23 am | 14 views
SPC News

New SPC Fuel Contract with Gas Depot Now in Effect
The new Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) contract for Gasoline, Diesel Fuel, Ethanol and Bio Diesel Fuel (Contract #159) with Gas Depot Oil Company of Morton Grove …

SuburbanCookCounty flood damage assistance

July 21, 2016 – 3:55 pm | 7 views
final_NHS RRP county flood flyer_Photo-1

SSMMA welcomes another new member: Worth

July 21, 2016 – 2:48 pm | 9 views
Worth logo

Please join the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association in welcoming another new member: Mayor Mary M. Werner and the Village of Worth. As you may recall,  we also recently welcomed Alsip. The Worth Village Board …

ComEd prepares for high temperatures expected this week

July 21, 2016 – 11:32 am | 8 views
ComEd prepares for high temperatures expected this week

ComEd news release; please share with your communities:
Chicago is bracing for some of the highest temperatures since 2013, and ComEd is taking proactive steps to prepare for the excessive heat conditions. The company is closely monitoring forecasts …

Aug. 20: Battle in the Burbs to Support Officer Tim Jones

July 21, 2016 – 10:17 am | 11 views
Battle of the ‘Burbs 2016

Comcast offers $10-a-month Internet for HUD residents

July 21, 2016 – 9:56 am | 15 views
Internet use

Thousands more people in Northwest Indiana and the Chicago south suburbs will be eligible for $10-a-month internet.
Comcast is expanding its Internet Essential programs for low-income residents to anyone who lives in U.S. Department of Housing …

Bad rap for drive-to-work crowd

July 21, 2016 – 9:19 am | 16 views
Dan Ryan Traffic

There is an odd badge of honor that seems to go with commuting to work by car or truck.
For me, it’s same kind of self-satisfaction that comes with mowing the lawn or painting a room. …

SSMMA’s 37th Annual Golf Outing

July 20, 2016 – 1:51 pm | 62 views

The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association wishes to thank all the golfers, dinner guests and participants who attended the association’s 37th annual golf outing on July 15, 2015 at Lincolnshire Country Club and Lincoln …