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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April 14: Diversity Dinners planned in the south suburbs

February 11, 2016 – 11:57 am | 4 views

diversityWe need time to talk.

We need time to talk to each other, not at each other. We need to share the hundreds of things in life that constantly link each to the other and we need to examine those words that always seem to keep us apart; words like race, discrimination and injustice. We need time to talk about the common and invisible threads of life that bond us together and the things that keep us apart.

For the last 18 years, the Diversity Dinners project in the south suburbs has been a starting point for some of these conversations…Please click here to read Jerry Shnay’s story in the Tribune/Daily Southtown. For more information, visit or contact Committee Member Hildy Kingma at  the Village of Park Forest, 350 Victory Drive, Park Forest, IL 60466,, 708-283-5622.


St. James’ Chicago Heights closing plan aired at hearing

February 10, 2016 – 9:22 am | 15 views

Faced with ongoing massive operating losses, Franciscan St. James Health aired its plan to end inpatient services at its Chicago Heights hospital to a hearing Tuesday held by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review …

Closing of Chicago Heights hospital stirs protests

February 9, 2016 – 10:11 am | 24 views
Closing of Chicago Heights hospital stirs protests

A Catholic health system’s proposal to close a south suburban hospital that has served the community for more than a century has residents and local leaders trying to save emergency medical services.
Arnie Kimmel, Franciscan St. …

City fails to warn Chicagoans about lead risks in tap water

February 8, 2016 – 11:16 am | 20 views

More than two years after federal researchers found high levels of lead in homes where water mains had been replaced or new meters installed, city officials still do little to caution Chicagoans about potential health …

Cook County plans to complete high-speed Internet project in 2017

February 8, 2016 – 9:59 am | 15 views
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Cook County plans to complete high-speed Internet project in 2017
A multiyear project intended to boost high-speed Internet access across Cook County is expected to wrap up next year.
Officials recently announced that Oak Forest Health Center …

March 5: Congresswoman Kelly to host housing expo in Dolton

February 5, 2016 – 3:44 pm | 25 views

Press release from Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s office; please share with your communities:
Congresswoman Robin Kelly will host a Housing Expo on Saturday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the New Early Learning Center, located …

Gov. Rauner announces four bipartisan pieces of legislation to streamline local government

February 5, 2016 – 3:12 pm | 29 views
Gov. Rauner announces four bipartisan pieces of legislation to streamline local government

Press release from the Office of the Governor:
Governor Bruce Rauner [on Feb. 5, 2016] joined Lt. Governor Sanguinetti, legislative leaders and local elected officials to announce four bipartisan pieces of legislation to streamline local government …

SSMMA welcomes new Executive Assistant Melissa Doud

February 5, 2016 – 1:41 pm | 34 views
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Please join the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association in welcoming Executive Assistant Melissa Doud, who will be providing support to Executive Director Edward Paesel and Finance Director Eileen Santschi. She is assuming the responsibilities …

Rauner plans public-private update to I-55 that may add tolls

February 5, 2016 – 10:48 am | 21 views
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Gov. Bruce Rauner on [Feb. 4, 2016] suggested the state should partner with private investors to build special toll lanes along a congested section of the Stevenson Expressway.
If built, the new lanes would span a …