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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IML & the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development unveil 2nd volume of the Illinois Municipal Policy Journal

December 14, 2017 – 10:57 am | 16 views

The Illinois Municipal League and the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University recently unveiled their 2nd volume of the Illinois Municipal Policy Journal. Read the Journal here online.

Combining new scholarly research with real-world case studies of best practices, and highlighting communities from throughout Illinois, the articles included offer a mix of information that should satisfy the curiosities of nearly any reader who practices in or around the realm of municipal government.

How the Cook County Land Bank works to streamline Chicago’s foreclosure logjam

December 14, 2017 – 10:44 am | 15 views
How the Cook County Land Bank works to streamline Chicago’s foreclosure logjam

Real estate values have mostly rebounded from the Great Recession, but it is a different story in Chicago and Cook County. Home values in Chicago have risen, but still lag behind the national average. A …

River Oaks Center gets Amazon Locker

December 14, 2017 – 10:14 am | 15 views
Amazon locker

The e-commerce age has arrived at one of the Region’s oldest enclosed shopping malls.
An Amazon Locker opened at the 51-year-old River Oaks Center at 96 River Oaks Center Drive in Calumet City. It’s a big …

Christmas Tree and Holiday Light Recycling Program offers communities a greener option

December 12, 2017 – 10:34 am | 19 views
XMAS tree recycling

Christmass trees are a focus of delight for much of December in many area homes, but those evergreen branches become decreasingly lovely in the 12 days after Christmas.
Rather than leaving spent live trees at the …

Southland municipal & civic leaders celebrate the season at SSMMA’s holiday dinner

December 8, 2017 – 2:44 pm | 52 views

More than 200 joined our seasonal festivities at SSMMA’s annual holiday dinner party, held Dec. 7 at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. We gratefully acknowledge the event’s host and sponsor, the Village of …

Park Forest Mayor John Ostenburg joins mayors from around North America in signing climate agreement at summit in Chicago

December 8, 2017 – 9:19 am | 35 views
Ostenburg at Mayors Climate Summit via Mary SueBarret

On Dec. 5, nearly 50 mayors from the U.S., Canada and Mexico —including SSMMA Immediate Past President and Park Forest Mayor John Ostenburg–signed the #ChicagoCharter in support of the Paris Agreement’s goals, and committed their …

Employment opportunity: Midlothian Code Enforcement Officer (part-time)

December 7, 2017 – 11:55 am | 46 views
Midlothian Logo

The Village of Midlothian is currently accepting applications for a Code Enforcement Officer.
This is a part-time opportunity with the Village in the Building Dept. This position will assist in assuring regulatory inspections and enforcement of …

Tinley Park OKs upscale apartments

December 7, 2017 – 10:25 am | 51 views
ct-ctlh-ct-sta-brookside-glen-apartments-20171016 Tinley Park

Despite concerns from nearby residents over increased traffic and a potential negative impact on their property values, Tinley Park trustees on Tuesday approved plans for a $30 million apartment development that will feature high-end amenities.
The …

Will County ponders new rules for solar farms

December 6, 2017 – 9:41 am | 34 views
Will County ponders new rules for solar farms

As Will County officials update their zoning codes, one of the issues they are addressing is how to regulate solar farms.
In a special meeting of the county board’s Land Use and Development Committee, members pored …