Economic Development

SSMMA’s planning, transportation, housing and economic development efforts contribute to long-term vitality and regional growth.

Housing

SSMMA is a partner and a resource for local governments that want to improve housing in their communities.

Transportation

SSMMA is committed to plans and projects that enhance the region’s transportation and mobility systems.

Technology

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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Opportunity Zones provide new, if flawed, community investment vehicle

February 22, 2018 – 9:27 am | 6 views

The recently enacted $1.5 trillion tax bill included within it a provision, authored by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC), designed to encourage investment in low-income communities.

The relevant bill section, titled the “Investing in Opportunity Act,” permits governors to designate low-income census tracts in their states as “Opportunity Zones.” To qualify as “low-income,” the census tract must have as a poverty rate of at least 20 percent and median family income no greater than 80 percent of the median for the overall region. Designations must be made no later than April 22nd and will last for ten years. States that fail to designate zones by the due date will be ineligible for the program…Please click here to read Martin Levine and Steve Dubb’s story in the Nonprofit Quarterly.


State grants to fuel road work this summer in Oak Forest

February 21, 2018 – 11:14 am | 20 views
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Oak Forest plans to spend about $1.36 million on road projects starting this summer using funds provided primarily by the state.
Darlene Milanowicz, Oak Forest’s assistant public works director, said the city will have to provide …

Rich Central, Rich East program helps train students for metal trade jobs

February 21, 2018 – 10:53 am | 17 views
Rich Central, Rich East program helps train students for metal trade jobs

According to Rich Central High School teacher Bill Kuban, Matthew Mrkvicka “was one suspension away from dropping out of high school” when the two first met in Kuban’s Machine Principles class in 2016.
“I was a …

SPC News

February 21, 2018 – 10:22 am | 13 views
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SPC Extends Janitorial Supplies Contract
The Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) Governing Board has awarded the first of three possible, one-year contract extensions for janitorial supplies (Contract #167) to Laport, Inc. of Chicago, with no price increases. …

SSMMA’s 2018 Legislative Priorities presented at breakfast in Flossmoor

February 16, 2018 – 3:57 pm | 55 views
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Members of the  45 communities that represent SSMMA spent the morning participating in discussions about our 2018 Legislative Priorities with legislators and hearing about opportunities in Springfield on February 16 at the Idlewild Country Club in Flossmoor.  …

Feb. 22: Manufacturing hiring event in South Holland

February 15, 2018 – 11:03 am | 50 views
manufacturing job fair

Please share with your communities. Click here to download the flyer.

Violence Prevention, Recidivism Reduction, and Restorative Justice Grant opportunities now available

February 15, 2018 – 10:23 am | 62 views
Violence Prevention, Recidivism Reduction, and Restorative Justice Grant opportunities now available

The Justice Advisory Council’s (JAC) Request for Proposals (RFP) has been issued for Violence Prevention, Recidivism Reduction, and Restorative Justice Grant opportunities. During this RFP cycle,  a total of $4,080,000 will be awarded for twenty …

March 15: SSMMA dinner meeting, hosted by the Villages of Glenwood and Thornton

February 14, 2018 – 12:05 pm | 99 views
March 15: SSMMA dinner meeting, hosted by the Villages of Glenwood and Thornton

WHEN: March 15, 2018 (Thursday)
6:00 p.m. – Meeting
7:00 p.m. – Reception
7:30 p.m. – Dinner
WHERE: Glenwoodie Golf Club
19301 State Street
Glenwood, IL 60425
(708) 758-1212
Click here to download the reservation form. Reservation(s) must be emailed by Wednesday, March …

Illinois Film Office of DCEO offers unique opportunities for filming in your communities

February 14, 2018 – 11:16 am | 86 views
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From the Film Office of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
Illinois is home to a thriving film industry with a nationally renowned crew base, actors, and industry vendors.  Illinois offers a robust and sustainable 30% …