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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Poverty has moved, but will the services follow?

September 1, 2015 – 4:02 pm | 1 views
Breann Gala

MPC Project Manager Breann Gala

When you think of poverty, do you think of the suburbs? Increasingly, that’s where poverty is heading. The Brookings Institution has done phenomenal work highlighting how poverty has moved to the suburbs and the need for local, regional and federal actors to pay attention to this growing trend. Their Confronting Suburban Poverty in America initiative is correct to emphasize that the needs and challenges facing the poor in the suburbs are distinct and different from those of the urban poor.

The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has a long history of working in the suburbs on housing, transportation and land-use issues, and we set out to better understand the relationship between poverty, income, unemployment and where human, social, workforce and health services are located… Read more of Breann Gala’s post in MPC’s The Connector Blog here.


Massive new reservoir to help alleviate Chicago area flooding

September 1, 2015 – 3:50 pm | 2 views

Local federal and environmental officials on Tuesday (9/1/15) heralded the completion of a new south suburban reservoir that will provide major flood protection to the area.
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago cut the …

Sept. 26: National Take Back Day

September 1, 2015 – 2:33 pm | 5 views

From the National Drug Enforcement Administration; please share with your communities:
Click here for locations, a partnership toolbox, police sign-up or more information.

CSFN hosts municipal economic development workshop

September 1, 2015 – 1:54 pm | 5 views

The Chicago Southland Fiber Network held a municipal economic development workshop on Au6. 26, 2015 at South Suburban College to help south suburban communities along I-57 take still another step toward becoming gigabit communities; creating …

Richton Park employment opportunities: Assistant Director of Public Works and Recreation Coordinator

August 31, 2015 – 8:56 pm | 35 views
Richton Park employment opportunities: Assistant Director of Public Works and Recreation Coordinator

Village of Richton Park Assistant Director of Public Works
The Village of Richton Park is seeking a full-time Assistant Director with the Public Works Department. Download the job posting here.
The Assistant Director must possess the abilities …

Southland municipalities among environmental and safety grant winners

August 31, 2015 – 4:08 pm | 10 views
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ComEd recently announced the recipients of its two grant programs: the ComEd-Openlands Green Region program and the ComEd-National Safety Council (NSC) Community Safety program. Please click here for the full story.
Green Region Grant Recipients
Now in …

Sept. 4: Blight Reduction Program application assistance workshop

August 31, 2015 – 3:20 pm | 28 views

SSMMA will be hosting an IHDA Blight Reduction Program (BRP) application assistance workshop on Friday, September 4th at 10 a.m. at SSMMA (1904 w. 174th St, East Hazel Crest).

If you plan to apply and would like to review the …

Sept 24: Cook County hazard mitigation grants workshop

August 31, 2015 – 1:43 pm | 30 views

Come join your fellow Cook County community officials to learn more about grants from:
Cook County community officials are invited to attend this FREE informational workshop to learn more about disaster resilience grants straight from the …

Sept. 22: Improving Food Access to Build Healthy Communities discussion

August 28, 2015 – 4:04 pm | 57 views
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Coming Soon: A Special Housing Collaborative Event…
“Improving Food Access to Build Healthy Communities”
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, 10:00a.m. – Noon
SSMMA Offices – 1906 West 174th Street
East Hazel Crest, IL
“Improving Food Access to Build Healthy Communities” will bring …