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.

Regional Quality of Life »

Durbin wants tank cars upgraded to avoid repeat of Quebec tragedy

August 20, 2014 – 8:50 pm | 10 views

IMG_20140820_103844504_HDRU.S Sen. Dick Durbin met Wednesday with local mayors and federal rail and transportation officials to discuss stricter rules for rail-tank cars carrying crude oil through the Chicago area in increasing amounts.

One-fourth of all U.S. freight traffic rolls through the Chicago area daily, and about 40 trains carrying crude oil pass through Chicago each week, Durbin said at a news conference at DePaul University’s Loop campus.

The increased traffic comes mostly from northwestern states that are producing oil from hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking…” Please click here to read Sandra Guy’s story in the Sun-Times.  A related story can be found here on CBS Chicago. Please click here for more images.

The I-294/I-57 Interchange is almost here…

August 20, 2014 – 6:46 pm | 16 views
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From the August 2014 I-294/I-57 Interchange Project Newsletter:
This fall, the Illinois Tollway will open the new interchange connecting the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) and I-57 and the new ramps at 147th Street in the Chicago Southland – on budget …

Preparing for Costs of Unaccompanied Children Influx

August 20, 2014 – 2:00 pm | 6 views
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As thousands of unaccompanied children continue to cross into the United States from Central America, local governments throughout the country are bracing themselves for a considerable financial impact. As of July 31, nearly 40,000 unaccompanied …

Retail and Tourism: A Match Made in Community Development Heaven

August 20, 2014 – 1:53 pm | 9 views

Retail development. Tourism development. Both initiatives, which received major blows during the recession, have recently regained strong momentum.
While these two development areas may seem to be distinct, community leaders need to recognize the vital link …

MWRD unveils free rain barrel distribution program

August 20, 2014 – 1:43 pm | 10 views
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Press release from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago: 
Roofs comprise 41 percent of the impenetrable surface in Cook County, and many of these rooftops are directly connected to the public drainage system.
To minimize basement …

Governor Quinn Breaks Ground on $29.6 Million Road and Rail Separation Project in Lynwood

August 19, 2014 – 8:50 pm | 11 views

Press release from Gov. Pat Quinn’s office:
Project Will Improve Traffic Flow and Safety, Eliminate 50 Hours of Delay Time and Create Jobs
Governor Pat Quinn today joined local and state officials to break ground on a …

SSC sees manufacturing as key opportunity for job seekers

August 18, 2014 – 4:11 pm | 19 views

South Suburban College was notified in a letter last month from the Illinois Community College Board of their approval for a new Manufacturing Basics 16-hour Certificate. SSC rolled out the new credit program at the …

Upcoming meeting to discuss options for historic Pullman neighborhood

August 18, 2014 – 3:30 pm | 15 views

An upcoming Illinois Historic Preservation Agency meeting will explore possible options for including Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood in the National Park System.
The meeting of the preservation agency will take place Aug. 21 at the Pullman Factory …

Illinois’ business tax burden? Not so bad, report says

August 14, 2014 – 7:31 pm | 24 views

Illinois’ tax burden ranks lower than about half the country, according to a report released Wednesday.
Illinois was ranked 27th among 50 states and the District of Columbia, for business income that goes toward state and …