ECA Industry Update
In case you missed it, ECA recognized a number of it's members for their service to our country this Veteran's Day

Visit for a compilation of stories on ECA Chicago Contractors and IBEW 134 electricians who served in the military before beginning a career in the electrical industry.
Thank you, Veteran's of ECA Chicago!
Frank Amabile, Principal / Board of Director, Shamrock Electric Co. (Army)
Ben Garrett, Co-Owner, BarTech Group (Air Force)
David Runnells, CEO of Videotec, (Navy)
Mark L. Thomas, Executive VP, Electrical Contractors' Association (Navy)
Good Workmanship in Electrical Contracting
Thursday, November 12, 2020 | NOON CST
NECA Executive Director of Standards and Safety Mike Johnston, and NECA Director of Codes and Standards, Aga Golriz, are working with The Construction Specifier to deliver this webinar.
The objectives of this program are to provide a brief history of the origin and inspiration of the NEIS. The presentation will explain how NEIS are intended to be used in the electrical industry, and provide a concise look at ANSI accreditation and the required processes for an accredited standards developer. An important objective of this program is to help attendees understand what constitutes “Good Workmanship in Electrical Construction,” which is the title of NECA’s flagship NEIS publication.
Pictured above is Robert Hoxie, Chief Development Officer, City of Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA). 
ECA Membership Meeting
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at
1:00 pm
Please join us for our November Membership Meeting! The program will feature industry updates, and guest presentation from Robert Hoxie, Chief Development Officer, City of Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA).
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Virtual Session at 1:00 PM*
NECA Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Initiative 
The construction industry is changing and the value of good data is invaluable. NECA has entered a strategic alliance with GoCanvas to meet NECA contractor's data tracking needs and ultimately help mitigate risk. Check out the video below to learn about what the KPI Initiative has to offer and fill out the form linked below to get started!
Powering Chicago lights up Chicago's 107th Annual Christmas Tree
On Thursday, November 19, weather permitting, the City of Chicago’s official Christmas tree will be unveiled in Millennium Park near the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Washington Street. Though the festivities this year will be different than in year’s past because of the pandemic, one thing is certain: the 107th official Christmas tree in the city’s history will look stunning thanks to Cook County’s unionized electrical industry.

Electric Association (EA)
Virtual Event
"Building a Healthier Future"
November 18 - 19, 2020
The Electric Association is holding a virtual, multiperspective presentation and panel event called, "Building a Healthier Future."

Various industry issues are to be discussed including Disinfectant Lighting. Please contact Ali Novinger, EA Executive Director at if you have any questions or concerns the panel participants should address regarding disinfectant lighting.

Please click on the links below for Registration, Information regarding the two-day event, Sponsorship opportunities.
DPS Update / Virtual Vendor Fair
Please click on the link below for the Chicago Department of Procurement Services recent update. The DPS Virtual Vendor Fair is being held November 12 and 19.
NECA Learning Center: Upcoming Programs

Technology Spotlight Series: eTurns
Friday, November 13, 2020 | 2:00 - 3:00 EST

The Evolution of the Electrical Contractors as an Integrator
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

Please click on the link below for the current listing of available NECA webinars / Virtual Classroom programs.
NECA 2020 LIVE: On-Demand Content for Education and General Sessions
Extended to 12/31/2020!
We hope that you enjoyed NECA 2020 LIVE! The Convention webinars are available until December 31st, as well as the virtual exhibit hall. Please click on the link below for a wrap-up of the Convention!
CISCO Scholarships & Project of the Year Award
CISCO is kicking off its 16th year of accepting applications for some of the best construction projects of the past 18 months. (June 2019 – December 2020).

The award gives general contractors, owners, engineers and architects a chance to submit projects in six different categories that include the areas of new construction, renovation/ rehabilitation, residential construction and infrastructure. The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. To download the application form, click here

CISCO Scholarship information is also available on the CISC website at: For more information on the Awards and the Scholarships, contact Gary Karafiat, Director of Communications & Public Affairs at 630.472.9411 or via email:

Stay up to date on the latest changes for our Industry including news releases, legislation and Government mandates, workplace safety and preparation guidelines, OSHA alerts, and more that affect electrical contractors in Chicago and Cook County.