THE METRO SOUTHWEST ALLIANCE (MSA) is a regionally-based organization devoted to encouraging and facilitating economic growth in the communities which it serves. With the overall focus on enhancing the quality of life in the southwest region of Chicago, Illinois, the Alliance has been operating on a full time basis since early 1998.
MSA is a voluntary, non-partisan partnership of business and economic development professionals, labor representatives, educators and government officials, chamber members, bankers and hoteliers, legislators and other interested parties working together to build a healthy economy and improve the quality of life.
The major emphasis of the Alliance is to promote economic development and advance job creation. It is working to ensure a positive business environment and highly supportive infrastructure aimed at creating meaningful opportunities for new and existing businesses in Chicagoland’s fastest growing region. All constituent groups within the Metro Southwest region, whether business, labor, education, health care or others concerned with the socio-economic climate of the region, have a better opportunity for success when they speak as one voice. The Alliance provides a unique organization through which one unified Metro Southwest voice can be heard. The primary goal of the Metro Southwest Alliance is to provide assistance to its supporting members in three priority areas: 1) The Alliance is promoting positive attitudes and community pride regarding the Metro Southwest region among public officials, the business community, and the general public. The Alliance is developing an exciting new marketing and promotion strategy for the Southwest region. 2) The Metro Southwest Alliance primarily represents the communities in the following general geographic location. Its northern boundary extends from Midway Airport west to I-55, then traverses southwest along I-55 to the I-355 interchange. The service area extends on the east along the I-355 planning corridor to I-57 at Monee, North on I-57 then along the southwest edge of the City of Chicago. 3) Communities within the Metro Southwest are connected via a vast infrastructure of Interstates, Tollways, and State Highways. A total of eight highways are easily accessible from within the region: I-55, I-57, I-80, I-90, I-94, I-294, I-355, and I-394. The revitalization of the Southwest Interstate Corridor and its support by the MSA includes updated reports on its progress while promoting its benefits for the future.
Air travel and transport facilities rank among the world’s best. Chicago’s conveniently located Midway Airport offers national and international connections via major carriers. O’Hare International Airport, the world’s busiest, has literally thousands of flight options. The MSA also supports the creation of a proposed third airport in the Metropolitan Chicago region provided that adequate safeguards are employed for the future economic viability of Midway Airport.
Commuters can take advantage of speedy Metra rail service to destinations in Chicago and beyond. Heavy freight hauling throughout the region is handled by multiple railroads on numerous lines traversing the countryside and by freighters calling at the Port of Chicago. With its extensive network of highway, railroad, water, and air transportation systems, the Metro Southwest region provides commerce and industry access to virtually any market worldwide.