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SSMMA’s planning, transportation, housing and economic development efforts contribute to long-term vitality and regional growth.


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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.

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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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Employment opportunity: Hazel Crest Village Manager

May 27, 2015 – 6:29 pm | 40 views

Hazel Crest LogoThe job posting below can be downloaded here.

The Village of Hazel Crest, Illinois, located in Northeastern Illinois, County of Cook, is a diverse community of 14,100 residents in close proximity to major regional employment and commercial centers in the Chicago metropolitan area. The village is located near the City of Chicago in the Chicago Southland approximately 25 miles south of the Chicago central business district.

Incorporated in 1911, and operating under the council-manager form of government, the Village of Hazel Crest is currently seeking an innovative leader who excels in helping to develop and implement solutions to problems, in consensus building, and visionary thinking. This is a professional public administration position at the upper management level.

The successful candidate:
 will be a highly effective communicator in both oral and written communications and will be able to manage a staff of 105 full time employees in various departments and disciplines;
 will have a personality that lends itself to problem solving, whether working with the elected officials or with the public in a creative, effective and efficient manner;
 will have a proven record of accomplishment in economic development; and
 should have at least four (4) years of experience in management, in or outside of government.

o A Bachelor’s degree in public administration or related field is required, and graduate studies a plus, except
o in the case of an extraordinary candidate with an extraordinary set of skills and experience.

A background in municipal government is a plus, as is experience dealing with County, State and Federal government officials. Candidates should be comfortable assisting with and managing human resources, finances, budgets, infrastructure, community relations and negotiations.

Compensation will be negotiated depending on qualifications and experience. Benefits are in addition to the compensation. Candidate will be required to reside with the corporate boundary of the Village within eighteen (18) months of date of hire.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, references and other supporting material to: Manager Search – 2015, GMT Consultants,LLC, 801 Park Drive, Flossmoor, Illinois 60422. Or send as pdf files to email address: .

Additional questions may be directed to Interim Village Manager at (708) 335-9600.
Deadline for submitting applications is July 3, 2015 4:00 PM CDT.

Southland housing groups cleaning up foreclosures and their aftermath

May 27, 2015 – 4:43 pm | 41 views

Slowly, home by home, the fallout from various shady home-loan lending practices that helped produce a flood of foreclosures and vacant homes throughout the south and southwest suburbs is being reversed.
Still, depending on the community, …

Oak Forest seeks young homebuyers

May 27, 2015 – 3:59 pm | 22 views
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Oak Forest is thinking young as it kicks off a marketing campaign aimed at attracting younger home buyers to the city.
A combination of social media as well as ads at Metra stations and Chicago Transit …

Congratulations to Chicago Heights Mayor David Gonzalez, 3 others, on Tollway Authority appointments

May 27, 2015 – 3:05 pm | 16 views

Former DuPage County Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom is among four new members appointed Friday by Gov. Bruce Rauner to the Illinois State Tollway Authority…
…Another board member whose term had expired, David Gonzalez, will be reappointed, …

Community Development Planner Kimberly Morris joins SSMMA

May 27, 2015 – 2:06 pm | 32 views
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Please join SSMMA in welcoming Community Development Planner Kimberly Morris.
Her past experience includes serving as an Economic Development Manager for the Bronzeville Retail Initiative. There, she worked with local government officials to retain and recruit …

ComEd is offering free home energy assessments

May 27, 2015 – 1:59 pm | 36 views
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From ComEd; please share with your communities:
ComEd customers have opportunities to reduce the energy usage in their home with a FREE home energy assessment. To bring you both electric and natural gas savings, ComEd has …

Tuesday evenings (June 2 – July 28): Top Maker Professional Course

May 22, 2015 – 6:51 pm | 43 views
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Making It in America
Top Maker Professional Course
Sign up here.
Tuesday Evenings 6 – 9 pm
June 2 – July 28, 2015 (please note that additional classes have been added)
Location Varies – Only 10 slots available!
Course fee: $50
Course …

ComEd’s delivery system is ready for summer season

May 20, 2015 – 7:41 pm | 43 views
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Press release from ComEd; please share with your communities:
Summer is just around the corner and ComEd’s workforce and systems are ready for the demands of the warmer temperatures ahead. Through its smart grid program and …

Steve Cross named Peotone’s interim president through 2017

May 20, 2015 – 6:33 pm | 51 views
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Peotone Village President Richard Duran resigned last Thursday after Village Administrator George Gray resigned under pressure from the board.
Duran would have assumed extra duties until a new village administrator was named. He was village president …