The South Suburban Economic Growth Initiative (SSEGI) brings together community, industry, and government to reestablish the South Suburbs as an economic powerhouse. It is a wide-reaching and ambitious convening of leading partners and resources whose goal is to achieve transformative economic development — from advanced manufacturing to entrepreneurship, workforce development, housing finance and more. The Initiative operates by giving partners the infrastructure and resources to lead overall management, strategy development, program design and implementation.

Underpinning all our work, SSEGI has a focus on inclusive growth — that is, growth that focuses on creating long-term value, and increasing the productivity and participation of all people — particularly those who have historically been left out — to own and drive the enormous wealth creation emerging in today’s economy.

Key to the success of the South Suburban Economic Growth Initiative is establishing a Southland Development Authority. Southland political, business and civic leaders, recognizing the need to overcome historical fragmentation and local competition, are creating new institutional and financial capacity to collaboratively undertake coordinated, large-scale and long-term economic development. This quarterback institution will facilitate the strategic, large-scale investment that is necessary to propel the Southland forward again. Launch is anticipated in late-2019.