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Up to Code: Chicago's Southland tackles distressed housing together
  • Publication
  • May 21, 2015
Go to Up To Code >> A group of south suburban municipalities from the Chicago region are working together to combat neighborhood decline and blight. These communities are working with regional housing experts to test and implement cross-border strategies that will build municipal capacity to…
Calumet Stormwater Collaborative meeting materials
  • By Josh Ellis and MPC Research Assistant Kelsey Pudlock
  • Jan 20, 2015
The Calumet Stormwater Collaborative, facilitated by the Metropolitan Planning Council, has been working toward systemic stormwater management solutions since April 2014. Monthly meetings have enabled the Collaborative to identify the challenges and opportunities related to managing the region's…
Collaboration in Chicago’s Southern Suburbs
  • Presentation
  • Nov 15, 2010
Presented by Ed Paesel, Executive Director, South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, Oct. 27, 2010, at the "GRIP the Future" launch of the Gary and Region Investment Project in Gary, Ind. The presentation explains the parallels between the south suburbs of Chicago and Northwest Indiana; and…
Southern suburbs using foreclosure recovery funding as a springboard
The South Suburban Housing Collaborative, a joint effort of 28 communities working through the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA), recently was awarded more than $9 million in federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funding by Cook County to address foreclosed and…
Struggling communities lend a hand to one another
In a recent Chicago Public radio piece, Melissa Townsend describes the significant challenges facing south suburban Ford Heights and raises a thought-provoking question: In a time of limited resources, is Ford Heights the kind of town to invest in? MPC and the South Suburban Housing Collaborative,…
South Suburbs using unique collaborative model to compete for stimulus funds
The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA) works on behalf of 42 municipalities to spur economic investment in Chicago's south suburbs. Recently, SSMMA has been structuring collaborations among multiple communities focused on similar development opporutnities, such as a partnership…
Robbins forges new interjurisdictional partnership to redevelop Metra stop

Consistent with the recommendations of MPC’s Community Building Initiative Task Force, Robbins plans to collaborate with Blue Island to commit federal funds to the acquisition and development of the area around the Robbins Metra station.

On-the-ground innovations related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
On Tuesday June 9, MPC President MarySue Barrett joined a group of policy experts for a webcast from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and HUD's role in implementing President Obama's plan to stimulate the economy by investing in job creation, neighborhood stabilization, and energy efficiency.
Goal-Driven, Right-Sized and Coordinated: Federal Investment Reform for the 21st Century
In the midst of an unprecedented economic downturn, community, civic, government, nonprofit and foundation leaders across metropolitan Chicago are planting encouraging seeds of innovation. MPC has released a white paper documenting some of those innovative local efforts, and is seeking more examples to further build the case for federal investment reform.
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