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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Public input requested in household hazardous waste disposal survey

July 30, 2014 – 4:54 pm | 28 views

From the Delta Institute; please share with your communities…

On behalf of Cook County Department of Environmental Control, Delta Institute has developed a brief survey aimed at understanding how Cook County residents currently dispose of their household hazardous waste.

As you know, improper household hazardous waste disposal continues to pose a significant environmental and resource challenge for many Chicagoland communities, and we believe this informational survey is the first step towards addressing those challenges.

We ask for your assistance in promoting and distributing this survey within your member networks.  The survey link can be found here.

Road salt supplies questionable for some Ill., Ind. departments

July 29, 2014 – 3:19 pm | 10 views
Road salt supplies questionable for some Ill., Ind. departments

Nearly 200 Illinois communities are scrambling to find road salt after last winter’s record frigid temperatures and snowfall depleted supplies, according to local leaders and state officials who oversee a shared procurement process.
But in Indiana, …

Lincoln exhibit opens at tollway oasis

July 29, 2014 – 2:42 pm | 9 views

With “Abe Lincoln” cutting the bright blue ribbon, Illinois tourism and tollway officials on Monday morning opened a new exhibit at the Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis: “Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America.”
“It displays my life very …

Cook County creates free property fraud alert system

July 29, 2014 – 2:29 pm | 13 views

From the Cook County Recorder of Deeds; Please share with your residents:
Property and recording fraud is one of the fastest growing white-collar crimes. Fraudsters often target paid-for homes that have no mortgage, usually owned by …

Ground Breaks on ‘Remarkable’ Pullman Community Center Complex

July 28, 2014 – 6:49 pm | 26 views
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When the Pullman Community Center opens next fall, community members and leaders say it’ll be a neighborhood anchor and another sign of the Far South Side’s resurgence.
Ground was broken on the $15 million, 138,000-square-foot complex …

Cook County approves road projects for upcoming years

July 28, 2014 – 2:00 pm | 16 views

Cook County officials said work will proceed in 2015 on a pair of projects meant to repair or build business-oriented roads in suburban Harvey and Lynwood.
The County Board on Wednesday approved resuming the extension east …

July 31, Aug 6 & 7: Manufacturing Skills Job Training Presentations

July 25, 2014 – 6:56 pm | 69 views

From OAI; please share with your residents:
The Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership is now enrolling participants in their grant-funded Manufacturing Skills Job Training  and Internship Programs. Courses begin August 18, 2014. All are invited to learn …

SPC News: Warehouse Direct to Host Customer Appreciation Day & New Product Show

July 24, 2014 – 3:26 pm | 23 views
SPC News: Warehouse Direct to Host Customer Appreciation Day & New Product Show

By Rita Kueny
On Thursday, August 7, Warehouse Direct is hosting a Customer Appreciation Day and New Product Show at the Arlington Park Racecourse in Arlington Heights. Warehouse Direct is the Suburban Purchasing Cooperative program vendor …

Oak Lawn to start huge water improvement project

July 24, 2014 – 2:40 pm | 51 views

Gov. Pat Quinn and Oak Lawn officials broke ground Wednesday at the village’s main pumping station, signaling the start of a major project to improve Oak Lawn’s water distribution system that also provides 12 other …