ECA Industry Update
A VDVNA Review of the 2021 Revisions was held on
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
The Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA and the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA were proud to have presented a seminar called, “A VDVNA Review of the 2021 Revisions” that was held on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel. The VDVNA Review was intended to be a summary of items an employer should know when securing a project and utilizing the VDVNA. 

We thank Dave Ward and Ian Andrews, NECA Field Representatives for their coordination of this program.
NECA Safety Professionals Conference - Now, VIRTUAL!
-May 25 - 26, 2021
The NECA NOW Conference registration is now open! Please click on the link below for more information / registration.

As a reminder, The ECA Executive Committee approved the educational stipends of the Registration fees for up to two representatives of participating ECA member firms for the NECA Safety Professionals Conference on May 25 - 26, 2021. All stipends / reimbursements are made after each conference with registration confirmation(s) forwarded to ECA.
NECA 2021 Project Excellence Awards: Submit Now!
NECA is accepting entries for the Project Excellence Awards (PEA) program. The submission deadline is May 30, 2021. For a timeline of the application process, program FAQs, 2020 submissions and award winners archive, and a gallery of all project submissions visit
NECA Virtual Basic Estimating Classes Available -
NECA Education has opened up two more virtual Basic Estimating classes! Classes will run June 16th to July 1st with morning and afternoon sessions.
Registration for all sessions are available here:


National Disease Emergency Response Agreement (NDERA)
Suspended Effective June 1, 2021
The National Disease Emergency Response Agreement (NDERA) was implemented on March 16, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NECA CEO David Long and IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson, issued a letter regarding the "Suspension" of the NDERA - the suspension is effective June 1, 2021.

If you have employees that have been laid-off with the "recall" provision and wish to have them back with your company please put in "calls" for them as soon as possible, but certainly prior to June 1. If the individual is not "recalled" by June 1 they will remain on the out of work list in their sequential spot.
NECA Chicago Student Chapter at IIT Submits Project for
Electrical Contracting Innovation Challenge!

The NECA Student Chapter at IIT submitted their final video and written
proposal for the Electri' International Student Challenge (or)
Electrical Contracting Innovation Challenge

The students will be notified by June 30th if they have made it to the final round, which takes place at the NECA Convention in Nashville this October.
NECA IIT Student Chapter wins IIT IPRO Competition!
The NECA IIT Student Chapter IPRO has won top finalist for the Illinois Institute of Technology "Innovation IPRO Day" for the Spring 2021 semester! The Top 5 IPRO groups out of 53 IPRO competing groups were selected. The judging criteria included problem identification and viable solution, feasibility, clarity, creativity, and quality of the project. 
The final Innovation Day will be virtual and held this Friday, May 14, 2021 where teams receive their awards and recognize the companies who contributed to their project, which included: Gurtz Electric Co., Jamerson and Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc., Continental Electrical Construction Company, and the ECA.  

Please click on the link for the two-minute video by the IPRO proposal team leader, which is to be shown to the University Community recognizing the NECA / ECA contractors and companies who helped the NECA IIT Student Chapter. The team’s submission is virtually the same video and proposal that was submitted to the 2021 NECA National / ELECTRI International Electrical Contracting Innovation Challenge (ECIC). Congratulations to the NECA IIT Student Chapter and Dr. Dan Tomal, Chapter advisor / IIT Facilitator. 

We also wish the NECA IIT Student Chapter the best of luck in the upcoming judging phase of the 2021 ECIC!
NECA Seeks Input on NECA 2021 Financial Benchmarker Report
NECA and the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) are teaming up again to develop the Financial Benchmarker report. The report provides an in-depth analysis of key financial data and provides an industry standard that can be used for change order negotiations, audits, claims, and more. Due to the pandemic, 2020 data is extremely important in determining the financial impact coronavirus had on the electrical contracting industry. NECA is asking members to complete a survey to provide valuable input in the development of the report. Linked below, the survey is confidential and should take less than 30 minutes to complete. Feedback is due no later than May 28.
In Case You Missed It: Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors featured on Built to Last TV
Built to Last is an Emmy Award winning TV Series on ABC Channel 7.
Season 7 airs every Sunday at Noon. Check it out for more episodes featuring Powering Chicago Contractors in the month of May!
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Webinar recordings available online for ECA Members!
If you missed a meeting or webinar by ECA, you can now log-in to the website and view the program you missed. Many recordings are now available, and more will be added daily from webinars held over the past year. Go to and under the "Industry Resources" pull down menu, select "Member Education and Webinar Recordings". You will be prompted to log-in, and then you are free to browse webinar recordings you may have missed. Please contact ECA with questions (708)531-0022.
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.

May 27, 2021
Drake Oak Brook Hotel

June 9 - 10, 2021
The American Club - Kohler, WI

ECA Summer Social Event
August 13, 2021
Theater on the Lake, Chicago

ECA Golf Outing - NECA PAC Fundraiser
August 23, 2021
Olympia Fields Country Club

August 26 - 27, 2021
The Journeyman Hotel
Milwaukee, WI