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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Butterfly Ranch at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park winner of ComEd and Openlands grant program

July 24, 2017 – 3:54 pm | 4 views

Press release from ComEd Media Relations

ComEd and Openlands will award grants from the ComEd Green Region Program to 25 recipients, ranging from municipalities to forest preserve districts, throughout northern Illinois. The grantees will each receive up to $10,000 for open space projects that focus on conservation, preservation, and improvements to local parks and recreation resources.

This marks the fifth year that ComEd is partnering with Openlands, one of the oldest metropolitan conservation organizations in the nation, for the ComEd Green Region Program. This year’s grant cycle featured a special focus on projects that help pollinators like butterflies and bees. Read more.

The Butterfly Ranch at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park (Governors State University) in University Park will transform 11+ acres of successional field into a canvas for butterfly propagation while it provides students, nearby residents, and park visitors with opportunities for bird watching, biking, hiking, and education through didactic signage.

CMAP recommends 1 of 5 south suburban CMAQ/TAP-L program projects

July 24, 2017 – 2:57 pm | 8 views
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The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning recommended the following south suburban community for funding by the locally programmed Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP-L).

Bicycle Facilities in Country Club Hills: BP Pipeline Shared Use Path – $134,408

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Funding opportunities: FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs

July 24, 2017 – 2:09 pm | 5 views
Funding opportunities: FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced FY 2017 funding opportunities for two of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs, Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM). New in this application cycle is a set-aside of …

SPC News

July 24, 2017 – 12:05 pm | 5 views
SPC News

Foster Coach to Offer Free Ambulance Maintenance Training Sessions
Suburban Purchasing Cooperative Ambulance Program vendor Foster Coach will be hosting two free workshops for municipal personnel responsible for maintenance of ambulances. On Wednesday, September 20, the …

With 2 proposed Will County industrial parks, ‘good timing’ for $1M freight study, officials say

July 24, 2017 – 10:10 am | 8 views
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With proposals for two large scale industrial parks in the works — in Crete and Elwood — Will County officials say they hope their soon-to-be-adopted Community Friendly Freight Mobility Plan will help local leaders minimize …

Most south suburban TIF districts saw revenue increases, report says

July 22, 2017 – 11:40 am | 21 views
Most south suburban TIF districts saw revenue increases, report says

Most tax increment financing districts in the south and southwest suburbs gained revenue last year compared with 2015, according to a new report by Cook County Clerk David Orr.
TIF districts are widespread in the Southland, …

CMAP’s Future of Economic Opportunity forum

July 20, 2017 – 3:04 pm | 33 views

How can metropolitan Chicago adapt to ensure that the American Dream is obtainable here, and that our economy is thriving between now and 2050?
That was one of the overarching questions discussed July 19 at Chicago …

MWRD is now selling compost and accepting bulk yard waste to promote resource recovery

July 19, 2017 – 1:54 pm | 39 views
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Press release from Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago:
Landscapers and gardeners seeking premium quality compost while making a commitment to their environment can look no further than the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago …

Homewood and Flossmoor named two of four hottest suburban real estate markets

July 19, 2017 – 9:21 am | 46 views
Homewood-Flossmoor on Kedzie

Two pairs of towns, one far north and the other far south, had the fastest-moving real estate markets in the suburbs in the first half of the year.
Crain’s crunched end-of-June data that the Chicago Association …