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.

Economic Development »

Glenwood hosts winter quarterly forum

January 30, 2015 – 9:49 pm | 23 views
Glenwood Mayor Kerry Durkin at Glenwwdie

Glenwood Mayor Kerry Durkin at Glenwoodie Golf Course

The CSEDC Winter Quarterly Forum showcased Glenwood economic goals, training and recruitment for manufacturing careers, the potential economic benefits of trail traffic, employer assisted housing and the products and services that Comcast offers. We thank all the presenters and the Village of Glenwood for hosting the event on Jan. 23 at Glenwoodie Golf Club.

There, Glenwood Mayor Kerry Durkin discussed investing in infrastructure in the Glenwood Industrial Park to spur economic development and create jobs. He doesn’t believe in sitting around and expecting businesses to pay millions in taxes to set-up shop in his village, he said. That’s why he has given radiation science company, Landauer, a long-vacant property along with TIFF money to get started. Now, the facility is open for business and training people for jobs.

“If I had left that property vacant, it would still be vacant,” Mayor Durkin said. He added that that he was seeking partners to invest in the Glenwood Halsted Corridor, connecting Homewood to Chicago Heights through Glenwood.

Bimba Manufacturing is also focused on jobs. The employee-owned company is challenged to find and keep engineers and skilled machinists here in the Southland, said their human resource director, Johanna Ryan.

The company has been engaging local high schools and colleges to address the problem of an aging and shrinking talent pool. Ms. Ryan is also working with CSEDC, OAI, Inc., community colleges, the Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership and the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce to develop the region’s ability to meet the needs of companies like Bimba in the Chicago Southland. Please click here to view the presentation slides.

Housing advocate Yonina Gray, of the Metropolitan Planning Council, pointed out the value of drawing and retaining a talented workforce through the Employer Assisted Housing Program. EAP encourages companies to provide homeownership counseling and financial assistance to employees who purchase or rent homes in or near communities where they are employed. The results include lowered turnover rates, training cost savings, better employee retention, local area revitalization, improved community relations and increased homeownership rates. The University of Chicago and Robinson Engineering are two big participants in the program. Hospitals and manufacturers also make great candidates for EAH. Please click here to view the presentation slides.

Local trial Investment  has the potential to boost the region’s economy and improve the quality of life for residents, businesses and tourists. Over the next three years, most of the Southland will have access to one of America’s most coveted amenities: a non-motorized, regionally connected, multi-use path…the Cal-Sag Trail, said Trails of Illinois Executive Director Steve Buchtel. “Trail users travel with credit cards in their pockets,” he added. “And they spend money.”

But the challenge for us is to get consistent branding, visitor maps, wayfinding signs that let people know that this a trail region and where to go for rest stops, lunch, a beer or even an overnight stay. Trails are not just trails, but paths along hotels, restaurants, museums and other businesses as well as rest stops, many that sell refreshments, he said. Tourists and residents alike need to know that this is a trail region. Please click here to view the presentation slides.

Other forum speakers included Comcast Senior Manager Kevin Burnson who offered a presentation on the company’s products and services available for local businesses and municipalities. Please click here to view the presentation slides.

More photos are here.

Funding opportunity: Research and Evaluation on Firearms Violence Reduction

January 30, 2015 – 8:31 pm | 14 views

The National Institute of Justice seeks proposals for research and evaluation of programs, practices, and policies designed to reduce firearms violence. This solicitation aims to strengthen our knowledge base and improve public safety by supporting projects …

Employment opportunity: Richton Park code enforcement officer

January 30, 2015 – 7:41 pm | 17 views
Employment opportunity: Richton Park code enforcement officer

The Village of Richton Park is seeking a part-time Code Enforcement Officer (CEO). Applicant’s shall possess a minimum of a high school diploma or G.E.D., a valid Illinois drivers’ license, be able to demonstrate computer …

March 12: Pathways-Stepping Stones to Sustainable Landscapes conference

January 29, 2015 – 5:22 pm | 16 views
Debra Shore

From the Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance:
Pathways:: Stepping Stones to Sustainable Landscapes conference
Thursday, March 12
8:00 am–3:00 pm
The College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
SRC Building
Rm. SRC2000
Members: $75.00
Non Members: $90.00
Earn up to 4 LA CES CEUs
Register …

March 11: CSEDC Big Shoes Award Event

January 29, 2015 – 4:24 pm | 42 views
unnamed (1)

Please reserve Wednesday, March 11, 2015
CSEDC Big Shoes Award Event
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Calumet Country Club
2136 175th Street, Homewood IL
Support this effort by purchasing tickets @$75.00. Find out more regarding sponsorship opportunities by clicking here.
Call Holly …

Ill. Video gambling revenues doubled in 2014

January 29, 2015 – 3:50 pm | 17 views
Ill. Video gambling revenues doubled in 2014

State and local revenue from video gambling more than doubled last year as the industry continued its lightning fast expansion.
According to the Illinois Gaming Board, state revenue from the machines topped $164.8 million in 2014, …

Funding opportunity: 2014 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants

January 29, 2015 – 2:53 pm | 15 views
Funding opportunity: 2014 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Grants Programs Directorate is responsible for the implementation and administrations of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The purpose of the AFG Program …

Funding opportunity: Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants

January 28, 2015 – 10:20 pm | 22 views
Funding opportunity: Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate implements and administers the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants. SAFER grants provide financial assistance to help fire …

Orland Park launches civic engagement rewards program

January 28, 2015 – 4:32 pm | 23 views
orland inourcommunity

About 200 people signed up for Orland Park’s new program that aims to reward residents for civic engagement in the first few days after its launch, village officials said Monday.
In December, the village announced plans …