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2023 Merit Awards Project Entry

DEADLINE is December 21, 2022

The Chicago Building Congress Merit Awards Committee invites CBC members and non-members to submit entries for CBC's 2023 Merit Awards competition. This program recognizes the most outstanding construction projects from the past three years in the Chicagoland area and surrounding counties.


  • Projects must be completed by December 31, 2022.

  • If you have entered a project in the past, you are welcome to enter it again (As long as it is within 3 years of 2022).

Please do not enter the same project in more than one category.

Early Bird pricing ended

December 1, 2022!


2023 MEP Innovation Conference 

January 11 -13, 2023 

Austin, TX

NECA, MCAA, and SMACNA have partnered together to host the 2023 MEP Innovation Conference in Austin, TX on January 11-13, 2023. This three-day event will include innovative presentations, collaborative roundtable discussions, and hands-on exhibitor demonstrations highlighting the recent technologies that can improve MEP contractors' productivity and profitability. With over 30 breakout sessions, 5 demos, 4 general sessions, 3 facility tours, and plenty of networking opportunities, this is a pivotal event to learn from the industry's best & brightest!

Sessions Include:

• Bringing Lean Concepts to Fabrication Workstations

• How Taking Your Jobsite Virtual Can Help You Improve Process, Culture, and Strategy

• Running a Business that Intersects Service and Construction Work

• Process Driven Profitability

• Mapping Your Tech Stack: A Practical Guide

To register for the event please visit: https://faaprimesubnetworking.mbmapp.com/

After registration, you will be contacted by MBM with instructions to create a matchmaking profile. The FAA is committed to providing equal access to this event for all participants. If you need alternative formats or services due to a disability, please contact lelanie.rivera@faa.gov with your request by close of business December 7, 2022.

Anticipated Participating Matchmaking Hosts Include: 

1. FAA Program Office, Acquisition and Small Business Personnel

2. FAA Prime Contractors including the following: CUSA Consulting, Wells Global, Burgos Group, E-Corp, Kobo Utility Construction Corporation, Parsons, Leidos, Airfield Western, Quad J and Eaton

Event Agenda

11:00 AM Eastern - Opening Remarks

11:30 AM- 3:00 PM Eastern - One-on-One Matchmaking

1:00 PM- 3:00 PM Eastern - Networking Room Available

Federal Aviation Administration - Virtual Outreach and Matchmaking Event (12/14/22)

11:00 AM through 3:00 PM EST

The Federal Aviation Administration will host a virtual outreach and matchmaking event on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 from 11:00 AM through 3:00 PM EST.

This event is targeted to small businesses interested in FAA contracting and subcontracting opportunities supported by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) with a focus on, but not limited to, the following NAICS: 23-Construction; 54-Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services.  All firms should be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database.

Suppliers will be matched with Buyer participants (i.e. Prime Contractors, Contracting Officials and Program Office staff) based upon their current or future needs, identified by NAICS. Registering firms may not receive a matched one-on-one meeting. Registration is required to request and be eligible to schedule a meeting, as well as to participate in the opening remarks and networking room. Matchmaking sessions will utilize the My Business Matches (MBM) platform, the third party vendor that will facilitate the event on behalf of the FAA. Registration opens Nov 3, 2022 and closes December 9, 2022.

Please Click Here For the  US DOT "Infrastructure Matchmaking" Information
Please Click Here for the Veto Session Update

IMSCA Legislative Update


Please click on the link for the IMSCA November 17th Legislative Update. This report includes a review of Week 2 of the 2022 Fall Veto Session. 

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Newbold Hoselton, Executive Director, Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association (IMSCA) at: (217) 523-4361.

ECA Chicago's 2022 President's Party & Holiday Celebration Saturday, December 17th at OFFSHORE, Navy Pier

President's Party & Holiday Celebration

Saturday, December 17, 2022, 6:00pm - 11:00pm



Entertainment provided by "Maggie Speaks"

Reception, Dinner, Entertainment, and more until 11:00p.m.

Dress Code: Formal / Cocktail Attire


IT’S ALL FOR YOU – The January ELECTRI Council meeting is January 17 - 19, 2023 and is designed entirely for you – the Council members. Each session will focus on issues and ideas you have told us are important to your work. For example, the Scottsdale meeting will include: 

 -Ted Style Talks – Electrical contractors will share their thoughts on growth, complacency and more;

- Breakout sessions -- on the top ten trends transforming electrical contracting from coast to coast;

-Panel discussion with ABB, Schneider, and Siemens -- on why their companies are making the move to digital gear and what it means for ECs; and

- Educational keynote sessions -- from expert speakers who know and understand this industry.

Remember – The hotel room block CLOSES on December 16th. Reserve your room and register for the full meeting here. If you plan to play golf on Wednesday, January 18th, you have to register for the meeting first and ELECTRI will then send you the golfing details.

HAVE ANOTHER COFFEE – On December 14th at 11 AM Eastern join ELECTRI for IT & Coffee – Part 2 with Matt Lamb, Rosendin’s Chief Information Officer. Matt will continue to lead this casual interactive conversation so you and your IT staff can get more comfortable with the IT issues and opportunities that come across your desk every day.  Zoom invitation is to follow, soon.  

END 2022 ON A HIGH NOTE – ELECTRI’s Council Room series has been one of our 2022 program highlights. Join us for our final 2022 Council Room on December 6 @ 3:00 PM Eastern. Jonathan Marsh of Steel Toe Consulting will offer valuable insights into Project Lifecycle. Get your team together for this important event. Contact laura.holmes@electri.org for a Zoom e-vite.

KEEPING HIS WORD - In our recent Think Like A Leader interview, Scott Bringmann explains how he relies upon advice he received early in his career – “Your word and your reputation are key.” Scott has led Alcan Electric and Engineering, based in Alaska, and has now prepared the next generation of leaders to continue the firm’s 50+ years of service. Click here for the ELECTRI interview and learn how Scott focuses on keeping his word as an essential part of leading by example.

WHAT DO YOU PREFER? – Many of our contractors work closely with our ELECTRI partners - Border States, Graybar, Mayer, Sonepar and Wesco. Now, we can help them. Distributors want to be sure they have the right options in place to meet your business needs. They want to know how you reach out to your distributors to order a part, get a spec sheet, or check ship dates. ELECTRI and NECA are working closely with the National Association of Electrical Distributors on a special project: Contractors: Purchasing and Inquiry Preferences. Working together, we can make progress on the critical matter of supply challenges impacting all electrical contractors and your industry partners.

Let us know your preferences by completing this five-minute survey. Click here for the link. Feel free to forward the survey link to others in your company who should take part as well. For any questions, please contact Erika TenEyck at NAED. Thank you for your participation!

10 IS THE NUMBER – Our thanks to ELECTRI’s Program Review Committee, guided by Kellie Holland, for its outstanding work to select the research proposals to present to Council for your discussion and vote at our January meeting. Written proposals and videos will be sent out in advance for your review. Please make sure to register now for our Scottsdale meeting. Here’s the link. Your recommendations and your perspective will be essential to a good research portfolio for 2023. 

PLAY IT AGAIN – Many people have commented on the good take-away advice from our November programs. We hope you will share these sessions with your own teams.

Materials Management Best Practices Outside of the Gate – November Council Room

Here’s the link. 

Best Practices for Internships Here’s the link.

Con Tech & Coffee Here’s the link.


ELECTRI MONITORS IT ALL – In addition to delivering all of ELECTRI’s outstanding initiatives, the Foundation also takes close care with its finances. Each fiscal year, ELECTRI goes through a comprehensive audit of its assets and expenditures. Click here to review this year’s Report to Stakeholders.


TWO DOWN AND ONE TO GO Click here for the (11/14/22) outstanding Council Room on Materials Management Best Practices Outside of the Gate. 


ALWAYS THINKING - Karen Bazela, Siemens Regional Sales Director, is enthusiastic about the opportunities and challenges of being a company leader. Her favorite advice? “A leader knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”  Click here for our Think Like A Leader conversation with Karen Bazela.


ELECTRI International Quick Links


ELECTRI Meetings    ELECTRI Research    Council Room Sessions    Think Like A Leader

NECA This Week (12/5/22)

Please click on the link for the current edition of "NECA THIS WEEK."

NECA Government Affairs Update  (12/2/22) --

Week in Review

Please click the link for a recent update from NECA Government Affairs. If you have any questions regarding the update, please reach out to NECA Government Affairs to: Hadlea Bender, Specialist at:  (713) 870-8619 / Jared Karbowsky, Director, Government Affairs, National Electrical Contractors Association at: 443-975-2932 

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Saturday, December 17, 2022

Electrical Contractors' Association of Chicago Annual President's Party & Holiday Celebration

Offshore, Navy Pier Chicago plus Overnight accommodations

January 11 - 13, 2023

MEP Innovation Conference

Austin, TX

January 17 - 19, 2023


Scottsdale, AZ

January 19, 2023

ECA DEI Committee Program

Hyatt Lodge

Oak Brook, IL 

January 22 - 25, 2023

NECA-IBEW Employee Benefit Conference

St. Pete Beach, FL


January 26, 2023

ECA Regular Membership Meeting

Drury Lane Conference Center

Oakbrook Terrace, IL

February 2, 2023

"Crew Level Production Planning and Execution: Set Goals and Win"

Drake Oak Brook Hotel

Oak Brook, IL

February 15, 2023

ECA Regular Membership Meeting


Rosemont, IL

(Dinner Meeting)