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.

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SSMMA celebrates associate members at annual dinner with Glenwood and Thornton

March 16, 2018 – 2:57 pm | 30 views

Nearly 140 mayors, managers, elected officials, dignitaries and associate members gathered March 15 at Glenwoodie Golf Club for SSMMA’s Annual Associate Member Appreciation Dinner. We gratefully acknowledge Mayor Ron Gardiner and the Village of Glenwood as well as Mayor Bob Kolosh and the Village of Thornton for hosting the event, and Comcast for sponsoring it. More photos are here.

Associate Membership Information
Full membership in the SSMMA is open to all municipalities in our service region. Associate membership is offered to others who wish to be kept apprised of our activities. Annual associate membership entitles participants to information on Association meetings, our bi-monthly email newsletter and various other SSMMA activities. Association membership gives participants the opportunity to regularly meet and talk with elected municipal leaders from throughout the Southland in both formal and informal settings. Please click here for more information about associate membership, or here for a membership application.

Grant could lead to bike path connecting Oak Forest, Crestwood, Midlothian

March 16, 2018 – 10:17 am | 30 views
Oak Forest Bike trail

Oak Forest city officials agreed to cooperate with the neighboring municipalities of Crestwood and Midlothian in applying for a grant to pay for a project that would connect bicycle paths in all three communities.
The Invest …

Chicago leads U.S. in underwater homes

March 16, 2018 – 9:17 am | 35 views
Chicago leads U.S. in underwater homes

The Chicago area has by far the nation’s largest number of underwater homeowners, according to a new report.
At the end of 2017, more than 135,000 Chicago-area home borrowers owed more on the mortgage than the …

Park Forest Mayor John A. Ostenburg to co-chair national group

March 15, 2018 – 3:51 pm | 36 views

Mayor John A. Ostenburg of Park Forest has been appointed co-chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) Council for 2018. The council has the lead responsibility for developing NLC’s …

Prevailing wage requirements will deliver ‘devastating blow’ to Southland development, mayors say

March 15, 2018 – 9:34 am | 149 views
Alsberry at CC hearing 3-14

The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved a  Prevailing Wage Amendment on March 14, that south suburban officials believe will have a devastating effect on the local economy.
The amendment requires that businesses receiving a Class …

Tribune Editorial Board – Commissioners: Shelve this Cook County job killer

March 12, 2018 – 6:00 pm | 98 views

Opinion from the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board:
From time to time a Cook County municipality will announce the arrival of a new warehouse or other project tied to the granting of a county property tax incentive. …

South Suburbs challenge Cook County on proposed change to financial incentive

March 12, 2018 – 4:25 pm | 50 views
walmart work site in Lansing

South suburban officials are raising their voices against a proposed change by Cook County to the Class 8 and other tax exemption that would force contractors to pay a prevailing wage on business work sites.
They …

March 22: Rail Safety Summit

March 12, 2018 – 10:37 am | 53 views
Rail Safety Summit

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) is hosting a policy session to evaluate options to improve rail safety in Illinois. The discussion will include efforts to reduce trespass incidents and methods to improve safety for motorists and …

SPC News

March 12, 2018 – 9:59 am | 47 views
SPC News

SPC awards final telecommunications contract extension
The Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) Governing Board has approved the fourth and final one-year contract extension of the SPC Telecommunication Services Vendor Contract to Call One of Chicago from April 1, …