February 24, 2023
Register Today for SSMMA's Vendor Fair Member Appreciation Dinner Event!
The South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association is excited to recognize our Associate Members with our annual Member Appreciation Vendor Fair Dinner event on Thursday, March 16, 2023! 

This year's event will be co-hosted by Mayor Ron Gardiner and the Village of Glenwood and Mayor Bob Kolosh and the Village of Thornton. Many thanks to our sponsors: Comcast, ComEd, and Nicor Gas.

• Vendor Show: 4:30pm-6:00pm
• Meeting: 6:00pm
• Dinner 6:30pm
Contact Melissa Doud for more information and to reserve a vendor table!

Registration is REQUIRED by Wednesday, March 8 to attend this event. REGISTER HERE!
Public Health Information
Business & Residential Resources
• The Illinois Emergency Homeowner Assistance Fund (ILHAF) program is still accepting applications for assistance! Learn more.

• Cook County Announces Call for Community Development Block Grant and Invest in Cook Program Applications. The application deadline is March 17. Learn more.

• Pritzker Administration Relaunches "Opening Doors" Homebuyer Assistance Program With Additional $8 Million. Learn more.

• Illinois Small Business Grants are now open for 2023-2024. Learn more.
• Illinois Department of Natural Resources offers a list of grants. Learn more.

• Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) offers a list of FY23-24 grant opportunities for eligible organizations. Learn more.

• Check out the latest list of Federal and DCEO grant opportunities here.

• Check out Will County's small business assistance resource page.
News from Community Partners
Prairie State College to Host Veterans Town Hall Meeting
• On March 24, 2023, Prairie State College invites Southland Veterans to an interactive town hall meeting where you will have the opportunity to hear from the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Office of Community Care, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA), and Jesse Brown VA Hospital leadership on topics such as the VA’s PACT Act and the Mission Act.

• The meeting will begin at 6:00pm and there will be an open forum for questions. Learn more.
ComEd Accepting Applications for Future of Energy STEM Scholarships
• ComEd is encouraging students in Illinois to apply for scholarships of up to $10,000 each and the opportunity to intern with ComEd.

Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2023.

• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District planning team is seeking applicants for its FY24 Floodplain Management Services (FPMS) Interagency Nonstructural Program.

• The application deadline is March 15.

• Cook County Announces Nearly $16 Million to Improve Climate Resiliency in Suburban Cook County Communities.

• Municipalities in suburban Cook County are highly encouraged to apply.

• Applications are due by March 8, 2023

Low-interest Loans for Stormwater and Green Infrastructure
Projects Available to Watershed Planning Councils
Member communities within Watershed Planning Councils are eligible for
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) State Revolving Fund (SRF) low-interest loans, through the Water Pollution Control Loan Program (WPCLP).

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District offers additional details here.
Job Postings & Requests for Proposals
• SSMMA offers a list of local job opportunities and RFPs throughout the south suburban region directly on our website.

• Municipalities and organizations can send job openings and proposals here to be publicly posted.
SPC News

SPC Approves Short-Term Ambulance Contract Extension

The Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) Governing Board has approved a short-term contract extension on the Type I Additional Duty Ambulance (Contract #174) with Foster Coach Sales, Inc. The contract extension runs through May 31, after which the new program RFP will be issued by the SPC Fire Core Cost Containment Committee. For questions or additional information, please contact staff or PJ Foster, pj@fostercoach.com, 630-470-5687 (cell) or 815-625-3276, ext. 7.

• SPC offers Granite Guardian Network Management Analysis PowerPoint that was presented today by Granite Government Solutions (Contract #205) that provides:

•    Network Management Tool that allows you to see the health your entire Network in one place
•    24/7/365 Monitoring of Network Edge – Circuits and CPU
•    Automatic Ticketing and Alerts and Proactive LEC dispatch
•    Analytics available through our portal
•    Monitors all locations on your network – even if Granite is not providing the Circuit

Click here for more information about the Suburban Purchasing Cooperative and to view the current SPC Catalog.
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