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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Historic Thornton brewery building getting new life as distillery

February 24, 2017 – 9:39 am | 2 views
Image courtesy of Weiss Properties Incorporated

Image courtesy of Weiss Properties Incorporated

As a painter, Steve Soltis knows it takes time and imagination to turn a blank canvas into something memorable.

It’s a similar path he and his partners are taking as they convert a historic Thornton building that housed several breweries into liquor distilling business, Soltis Family Spirits.

There also is a personal connection for Soltis and a bit of family history tied to the building, although it’s a history that, when he was younger, he said, Soltis was a bit ashamed of. For Soltis Family Sprits as a business, however, that chapter of Soltis family history could help bring customers in the door to sample the hand-crafted whiskey, spiced rum, bourbon and gin…Please click here to read Mike Nolan’s story in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

Rep. Kelly introduces American Dream Act to help assist those left behind in economic recovery

February 23, 2017 – 4:25 pm | 9 views
Rep. Kelly introduces American Dream Act to help assist those left behind in economic recovery

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., has introduced legislation for community reinvestment that will offer job training for mature workers, encourage increased programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for teachers and give communities funding …

Will County sets legislative priorities

February 23, 2017 – 10:37 am | 8 views
Will County sets legislative priorities

Will County officials plan to work with state and federal lawmakers this year on a variety of issues that could impact county residents and services.
The board approved on Thursday its legislative agendas for 2017 — …

SSMMA approves 2017 legislative priorities

February 23, 2017 – 10:33 am | 15 views
SSMMA Legislative Priorities 2017-1

The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association approved the 2017 Legislative Priorities program at the Feb. 16 business meeting.
The program seeks to address the stability of local governments and the south suburban communities, as well …

Illinois municipalities announce “Moving Cities Forward” legislative package

February 22, 2017 – 9:28 am | 10 views
IML Press conference

Press release from the Illinois Municipal League 
Municipal leaders today unveiled their 2017 “Moving Cities Forward” legislative reform package designed to create more efficiencies in local government and ensure the long-term viability of local municipalities that …

New Vollmer Road proposal includes Starbucks, AT&T store

February 21, 2017 – 10:59 am | 31 views

A Starbucks coffee shop and AT&T store may be coming to Flossmoor.
Members of the village plan commission, at their Feb. 16 meeting, recommended approval of a final plan amendment and special use permit for 7,420-square-foot …

Thousands of slaves traveled through south suburbs to freedom

February 21, 2017 – 10:52 am | 26 views
Under ground railroad

Detroit was the last U.S. stop on the Underground Railroad for many people fleeing slavery for freedom in Canada, especially those living in Missouri, the northernmost slave state in the Midwest.
Illinois and the south suburbs …

Tinley Park says home builder eyeing Panduit site

February 21, 2017 – 10:17 am | 34 views
Tinley Park says home builder eyeing Panduit site

A major home builder is interested in turning Panduit Corp.’s former headquarters property in Tinley Park into a residential development, according to a posting on the village’s website.
Panduit has a “letter of intent” from CalAtlantic …

Prescription drug collection box installed at Flossmoor Village Hall

February 21, 2017 – 10:02 am | 21 views
Drug box

It’s a gray metal box, not quite three feet tall, in place at the main entrance of Flossmoor Village Hall, 2800 Flossmoor Road.
The modest receptacle, which was installed this week, has an important function as …