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.

Nov. 21: Metropolitan Mayors Caucus’ 7th Annual Gala

October 31, 2014 – 6:54 pm | 2 views
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From the  Metropolitan Mayors Caucus:
The Executive Board of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus respectfully invites you and your guests to our 7th Annual Gala on Friday evening, November 21st. This gathering of the region’s chief elected officials …

Nov. 13: Luncheon presentation on logistics opportunities in the Southland

October 31, 2014 – 2:32 pm | 5 views
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From the Traffic Club of Chicago:
November Executive Series Briefing Luncheon
Logistics Opportunities in Southland
November 13, 2014
The Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation will provide an overview of current and planned South Cook/Eastern Will County transportation infrastructure and …

The SSMMA community congratulates Janice Morrissy on her recent retirement…

October 30, 2014 – 8:47 pm | 5 views

Congratulations to our friend and colleague, Janice Morrissy, on a remarkable career.  Janice recently retired after a 35 year career, with 21 years working at SSMMA. Her most recent position was as Deputy Executive Director …

Metra chairman editorial: Why Metra needs a fare hike…

October 30, 2014 – 2:41 pm | 3 views
Metra chairman editorial: Why Metra needs a fare hike…

Metra recently announced a long-range plan to upgrade our locomotives and cars and pay for the Positive Train Control safety system, a plan that relies in part on issuing $400 million in bonds that will …

Manufacturing, transportation, infrastructure, nature guides, fiber & data centers discussed at CSEDC Quarterly Forum

October 29, 2014 – 8:21 pm | 41 views

Manufacturing, transportation, infrastructure, nature guides, broadband  fiber and data centers were among the topics discussed at the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation’s fall quarterly forum held Oct. 24 at Prairie State College.
Prairie State College President Dr. …

Nov 15: Police to box firefighters at HBC ‘Battle of the Badges’

October 29, 2014 – 4:31 pm | 10 views

An amateur boxing show organized by the South Holland Professional Firefighters Local 4109 is scheduled to feature police and firefighters from South Holland, Harvey, Calumet City, Homewood, Hazel Crest, Lynwood, Flossmoor, South Chicago Heights, Thornton, Robbins, Country Club …

South Holland appoints George Gunkel as director of public works

October 29, 2014 – 4:14 pm | 9 views

The Village Board appointed George Gunkel as South Holland’s new director of public works at Monday’s meeting.
Gunkel has been working as deputy director of public works for five years, the last two years as foreman. He managed …

Chicago inmates are helping prevent crime in rough neighborhoods

October 29, 2014 – 3:37 pm | 13 views

For nearly a year, blighted neighborhoods around Chicago have been getting a helping hand from the very people who helped erode them with crimes like burglary and drug trafficking.
Since the Cook County Jail’s Neighborhood Restoration …