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NECA Convention & Trade Show - October 15 - 18, 2022


The NECA Convention & Trade Show is coming!  Please visit www.necaconvention.org for registration.  Please be aware that the Austin City Limits (ACL), Texas home football and Formula One will be occurring near the Convention time-frame.

In Case you Missed It!

Thanks to all of our members, speakers, and guests that joined us up in Kohler, Wisconsin earlier this month for our 50th Annual Spring Conference. Highlights of the conference included welcoming new NECA member, Phoenix Business Solutions, honoring Electrical Insurance Trustees long time Executive Director Sean Madix for his career achievements, and a 25th member anniversary recognition for Canino Electric! Members participated in the annual conference golf outing at Black Wolf Run, and education program featuring an impressive line-up of speakers to discuss the importance of diversity in electrical contracting. Here is a recap of the Conference.

Young Professionals Leadership Conference: 

Registration Deadline Approaching


Registration is open at www.ecachicago.com

IMSCA Summer 2022 Issue of SubStance Magazine

Below is a link to the Summer 2022 Issue of SubStance Magazine brought to you by the Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association (IMSCA).  

In this issue you will find important information from IMSCA General Counsel, Jim Rohlfing, outlining two new laws aimed at making general contractors liable for paying subcontractors' workers. In addition, our "Featured Story", by Jared Christman, discusses exciting new and emerging technologies in the construction industry. Also included in this issue is an article providing insight on the proposed "Workers' Rights Constitutional Amendment" that will be on the General Election ballot in November.  

We hope you find this issue useful and informative. Please feel free to forward this message to your friends and colleagues.

The current issue of SubStance magazine can be viewed by clicking this link: Summer 2022.

If you have questions about this information or if you would like to contribute an article for upcoming issues, please feel free to contact IMSCA Executive Director, Jessica Newbold Hoselton by calling

217-523-4361 or by email jnewbold@boldnewstrat.com.


NECA Government Affairs -

EV Charging Stations Update (6/13/22)

Please click the link for a memo regarding the Administration’s latest actions regarding standards on EV Charging stations. These new standards will be a part of the National Electrical Vehicle Charging Network. This funding will be using the $7.5 billion authorized in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.


If you have any questions, please contact Jared Karbowsky, Director, NECA Government Affairs at:  443-975-2932.


NECA Government Affairs Update  (6/17/22)

Please click the link for the recent update from NECA Government Affairs (6/17/22).

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NECA 2022 Business Development Conference  -- July 20 - 22, 2022 Washington, D.C.

The Business Development Conference will create an environment and a platform for business developers (NECA and IBEW) to share threats & opportunities, provide new technological resources and discuss current industry best practices. This conference is open to all NECA members, IBEW members, electrical training alliance, JATC personnel and industry leaders.


The ECA Executive Committee approved the educational stipends of the Registration fees for up to two representatives and their guest and/or spouse, if applicable, of participating ECA member firms for the NECA Business Development Conference on July 20 - 22, 2022.

Submission deadline is June 30th. Projects are judged in 13 different categories, including new this year: EV Charging Infrastructure.

Learn more, view past award winners, and submit your project online HERE.

NECA Project Excellence Awards: Recognizing the outstanding work, professionalism and ingenuity of NECA member contractors.

To showcase the exceptional work performed by our member-contractors throughout the country, the National Electrical Contractors Association created the Project Excellence Awards to recognize companies for their outstanding commitment, professionalism and ingenuity in delivering an electrical project across 13 different market sectors. 
NECA will accept submissions for the 2022 Project Excellence Award from March 1 to June 30, 2022. Awards will be based on whether the electrical/technology portion of the project is valued under or over $1 million for each market sector, except for industrial, low voltage/integrated systems, overhead transmission, residential, substation/interconnection and transportation/infrastructure. Applications submitted must be based on projects completed in 2021.

New NECAPAC Website!

NECA Government Affairs is excited to announce the launch of the new NECAPAC website! Their new website for online contributions can be found on the Government Affairs homepage and also here: https://necapac.necanet.org

On this new website you can find information on:

NECA will be updating this content frequently and we hope this new website becomes a resource for the membership. Please click on the link for more information.


ELECTRI Council Meeting -- July 18 - 20, 2022 - Washington, D.C. 


Want to Know / Need to Know -- Assistance Requested (6/15/22)

Re-Cap of Social Media Session (5/19/22)

Next ELECTRI Council Session (6/29/22)

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Register for the July 18-20 ELECTRI Council meeting in Washington AND make your hotel reservation because the room block at the Mandarin is just about full. Here’s the link to get to the registration and reservation forms. For any questions or comments, please contact ELECTRI Director of Operations, Laura Holmes. Laura.Holmes@electri.org

ELECTRI has planned an outstanding Council meeting that includes many opportunities for learning and networking. One highlight will be our Tuesday morning visit to Rosendin’s facility. Here’s a glimpse of the full agenda (subject to change, if necessary).

Monday, July 18 – starting at 1:00 PM

  • Updates on the EC industry from ELECTRI and NECA leadership
  • The Evolution of Sustainability brings New Business Opportunities with Jeffrey Kanne, President & CEO, National Real Estate Advisors  
  • Rosendin Operations Tour Setup Presentation 
  • ELECTRI Reception at NECA Headquarters

Tuesday, July 19 – starting with Council breakfast at 7:00 AM

  • Rosendin Shop Tour (full morning) – sign-up required
  • Round Table Discussion on Prefab
  • Review Spring series of ELECTRI research proposals with Q&A and voting
  • Updates on current ELECTRI research projects
  • Contractor Panel Discussion – Jobsite Digital Tools
  • ECIC video competition – presentations and voting
  • ELECTRI Reception

Wednesday, July 20 – starting with Council breakfast at 7:00 AM

  • ELECTRI staff presentations on new education and innovation initiatives
  • Construction Technology Kickoff Panel – Lessons Learned  
  • Presentation on Cyber Security and on Metaverse
  • Voting results announced for next round of ELECTRI research projects
  • Council adjourns at 12:00 PM.


Jared Christman, ELECTRI’s Construction Technology Director, is identifying and evaluating key information tools for today’s EC firms. At the top of the list are: 

  • Moving from paper to digital
  • Photo documentation on the job site
  • Materials management

ELECTRI would appreciate your input, advice, and experience in any or all of these areas. To help with the analysis and recommendation process, please contact Jared at 210-639-9356 or jared.christman@electri.org


PLEASE TAKE TEN MINUTES – ELECTRI has received a request for our contractors to complete a short survey about your knowledge of and willingness to use industrialized construction strategies in your work. Frank Lucey, a Cal Poly construction management student, is working on his senior project with Professor Lonny Simonian (well-known to ELECTRI) and Professor Paul Redden. Your responses can prove very valuable to the project analysis and conclusions. Thanks in advance. Click here to access the survey.


TAKE ANOTHER LOOK – Everyone who participated in the May Council Room went away with some excellent ideas about using social media to grow your business. ELECTRI International thanks the great panel who led the discussion: Carrie Spaeth (Chicago and Cook County Chapter NECA), Tim West (Gaston Electrical), Brian Morales (Pro-Cal Lighting), and Helga Christoforatos (Miller Electric). Everyone gained from their valuable insight and tips on how to leverage social media for education and business development. Click for the recording of the May ELECTRI Council Room

Some key takeaways for you to share with your team:

·        Social media is a free/inexpensive tool that can be very effective at growing your market, connecting with customers, and recruiting workers.

·        Videos and photos go a long way to tell your story - but always get consent to post (especially jobsite photos).

·        Social media can be assigned to dedicated in-house staff, outsourced to a firm, or added as a secondary job for an existing employee when you’re just starting out.

·        Start small. Build your base of followers with customers and employees. Start by sharing other relevant posts until you feel confident creating your own.

·        Remember that social media is also a good tool to keep an eye on your competitors.

·        LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter should all have different types of content that complement each other and match your company culture.

·        The Powering Chicago EV Book, mentioned by panelist Carrie Spaeth, can be found here.


DOES IT REALLY MATTER? Our June Council Room will focus on why Information Technology matters to your company. Hold the date/time June 29 @ 3:00 PM Eastern. Details to follow.   If you have any questions, please contact Josh Bone, Executive Director, ELECTRI International at:  Direct 404-317-4446 | Office 202-991-6235 or josh.bone@electri.org.  Please visit the ELECTRI website at: www.electri.org for event updates.


MEETING EXPECTATIONS – Tune in to the latest Think Like a Leader interview with Tony Waters, Parsons Electric. Tony explains why concentrating on being open-minded and getting to know your colleagues and customers are both at the top of his “how to make it happen” list.

ONE AT A TIME – In her Think Like A Leader interview, Jerri Champlin describes her slow and steady approach to leadership: “It’s like eating an elephant – one bite at a time.” As Executive Director of NECA’s Monterey Bay California Chapter, Jerri has many opportunities to explore what it means to lead one of NECA’s smallest chapters. Click here for her interview.


READY…SET…CONNECT – ELECTRI is pleased to report the launch of its innovative educational opportunity – Industry Connect. The Foundation is teaming up with tech training teams from Trimble and BuildingPoint to showcase construction digital tools and give both contractors and students time to experience hands-on demonstrations of new technology and learn about workflow solutions revolutionizing the EC industry. At each Connect session, students and school leaders get an inside look at what construction offers for career choices and have the ability to build quality interactions with NECA contractors – their potential employers.


Our thanks to the NECA chapters that collaborated with ELECTRI to help pilot this new program. On May 17, ELECTRI held its first Industry Connect with the Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association at Georgia Highlands College in Cartersville, Georgia. On May 25, Industry Connect was hosted by NECA’s Western PA Chapter at its training center. In both locations, the chapters worked closely with ELECTRI to invite their members, local education leaders, and students. Our two pilot chapters did a fantastic job helping to build something great for the industry’s future workforce and deliver a new educational offering to each chapter’s EC contractor members. Participant feedback from each Connect was positive with comments showing that the events are highly valuable for both contractors and students. For additional information about getting involved with Industry Connect, contact Megan Saucier, ELECTRI’s Strategic Industry Outreach Director, at megan.saucier@electri.org or 330-701-7401.


If any questions regarding ELECTRI activities, please contact Josh Bone, Executive Director, ELECTRI International at Direct 404-317-4446 | Office 202-991-6235 or josh.bone@electri.org. You can also visit the ELECTRI website at: www.electri.org


IMSCA-PAC 2022 Fundraiser Raffle is Now Open

IMSCA-PAC’s 2022 fundraiser is underway! 

NINE RAFFLE WINNERS will be drawn this year! Tickets are $50 each. Each ticket purchased buys you a chance to win the prize of your choice. Your choices include:


·   FOUR tickets to cheer on the Chicago Bears vs. Washington Commanders at Soldier Field (October 13 2022, 7:20 p.m.). This prize also includes parking passes (Value: $1,100.00). Donated by Tom Morton, LLD Electric Company.

·   FOUR tickets to cheer on the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center (Date TBA). These are 200 Club Level seats with parking passes (Value: $750.00). Donated by Jim McGlynn, McWilliams Electric Company.

·   $1,000 Travel Package that includes a $500 American Airlines gift card and a $500 Hotels.com gift card. Donated by Bloomington/Normal PHCC.

·   $750 Bass Pro gift card. Donated by Underground Contractors Association of Illinois.

·   $500 Amazon gift card. Donated by Illinois Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association.

·   $500 Best Buy gift card. Donated by PCA of Greater Chicago.

·   $500 Cabela’s gift card. Donated by Electrical Contractors Association of Chicago.

·   $500 Top Golf gift card. Donated by SMACNA Greater Chicago.

·   $500 Cooper’s Hawk gift card. Donated by Associated Steel Erectors of Chicago and Bold New Strategies.


The winning tickets will be drawn at IMSCA’s Board and Membership meeting on September 16, 2022. The winners do not need to be present to win.

NECA This Week (6/21/22)

Please click on the link for the current edition of "NECA THIS WEEK."
ECA Stipends Available for Upcoming Programs!
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Executive Committee has approved a number of educational stipends for many special programs / conferences throughout 2022. All stipends / reimbursements are made after each conference with registration confirmation(s) and applicable receipts forwarded to ECA. Please click the link for the stipend opportunities.
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Free Webinars through the Employee Assistance Program
Members are invited to take advantage of the free webinars through the Employee Assistance Program.

ECA Members may log-in to the interactive work/life web portal for information on a variety of topics. Webinars are available at any time of day and our mobile app allows employees to access services such as counseling and work life resources right from the palm of their hand.
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In Case you Missed It...
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 www.ecachicago.com 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.


July 18 - 20, 2022

ELECTRI Council Meeting

Washington, D.C.

July 20 - 22, 2022

NECA Business Development Conference

Washington, D.C.

August 11, 2022

ECA Summer Social Event

Streeterville Social Club, Chicago


August 18-19, 2022

Young Professionals of ECA Chicago: 2022 Leadership Conference

Lake Lawn Resort & Conference Center, Lake Delavan Wisconsin


September 21, 2022

ECA Chicago: "PAC" Golf Outing and Fundraiser

Cog Hill Golf Club, Lemont IL

October 15 - 18, 2022

NECA Convention & Trade Show

Austin, TX


Saturday, December 17, 2022

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

Offshore, Navy Pier Chicago