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 »

National Manufacturing Day to shine light on sector

September 30, 2014 – 7:42 pm | 12 views

IMG_4146Students often overlook manufacturing as a career path, but Manufacturing Day hopes to make them more aware of the option.

Factories across the nation will open their doors to the public, including middle school and high school students, for the third annual Manufacturing Day on Friday. Local events stretch over the entire month of October and aim to let young people know what skills they need to find good-paying manufacturing jobs…Please click here to read Joseph S. Pete’s story in the Times, or here for a related story.

IDOT gets Southland input on 2015-20 road improvements plan

September 30, 2014 – 7:15 pm | 11 views

Officials from at least three Southland towns were among those attending a public input meeting hosted Monday by the Illinois Department of Transportation regarding its 2015-2020 road improvement plan.
The meeting was held at the offices …

FHA seeks public comments on Illiana Expressway

September 30, 2014 – 7:05 pm | 7 views
FHA seeks public comments on Illiana Expressway

A 30-day public comment period has opened on the final environmental impact statement for the Illiana Expressway in advance of a final federal decision on the project.
The voluminous study is available online at the Illiana …

Governor’s Inter Agency Funding Workshop Series

September 29, 2014 – 8:12 pm | 11 views

From Gov. Pat Quinn’s office:
Governor’s Inter Agency Funding Workshop Series
Dear Mayors, Village Presidents;
Please join SSMMA in bringing the Governor’s Inter Agency Funding Workshop to our area. In an effort
to strengthen interagency collaboration, State of Illinois …

Chicago, 7 area counties agree to work to boost exports

September 29, 2014 – 4:13 pm | 28 views
airliner with a globe and autoloader with boxes in a container

After decades of an “every-town-for-itself” approach to economic development, Chicago-area leaders will pool efforts to pump up the region’s tepid export growth rate in a pilot project to be announced Monday.
The planned two-year collaboration among …

Richton Park celebrates new library

September 29, 2014 – 3:42 pm | 17 views

Billed by its director as “the best library in the south suburbs,” Richton Park’s new facility is getting rave reviews.
Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon was among several elected officials who spoke at its grand opening …

Lions Park is to be Crete Park District’s new destination site

September 29, 2014 – 3:26 pm | 12 views
Lions Park is to be Crete Park District’s new destination site

The Crete Park District is scheduled to open a new public park Wednesday in the Deer Meadows subdivision.
The park on Bradford Place north of Richton Road and west of State Street is to be called …

Land bank wants Fannie, Freddie to donate homes

September 26, 2014 – 3:31 pm | 40 views
cook county land bank logo

The Cook County Land Bank may have as many as 30 properties in its portfolio by year’s end, but it is aiming much higher for 2015 and expects Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to help …

Illiana Corridor Final Environmental Impact Statement Released

September 26, 2014 – 2:33 pm | 23 views
Illiana Corridor Final Environmental Impact Statement Released

From the Illiana Corridor web site:
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) have completed the Tier Two Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which recommends …