ECA Industry Update

NECA - BICSI Conference

(June 26 - 28, 2023) --

Stipend Available!

Join two industry giants in Denver, CO, as they come together to address the needs of the low-voltage and the ICT Industry.

NECA & BICSI have joined forces to bring you the NECA • BICSI Summit 2023.

Topics include:

  • Power over Ethernet
  • Intelligent Buildings
  • Distributed Antenna Systems
  • Faulted Manager Power and More!

NECA Service & Maintenance Conference

(June 28 - 29, 2023) --

Stipend Available!

The goal of the first NECA Service & Maintenance Conference is to provide insight on how to navigate starting and running a service and maintenance-oriented division within your company, through expert presentations and NECA contractor-led panels and discussions.

The program is being held at the Hyatt Regency Denver.



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-BICSI Conference on June 26 - 28, 2023 and NECA Service & Maintenance Conference on June 28 - 29, 2023. The registrations will be reimbursed to the applicable companies after the Conference.


After you have registered, please e-mail a copy of your completed registration transaction to the Association office at [email protected].  This will allow us to have a record of your registration information, should you need any assistance after registering. 

ECA had a wonderful time at the WINFL & NECA Now conference this past week!

The two programs offered a myriad of educational programming that overviewed:

- Leading with Character

- Managing Change

- Breaking the Silence on Mental Health

- The Value in Building Culture

- Attracting and Retaining Talent in a Hot Market

And much more…

Along with the content, we heard about some fantastic initiatives NECA Chapters are doing nationwide to help build a more equitable industry.

Watch the conference recap!

You can view all speaker presentations under the schedule of events here.

We hope you enjoyed the 2023 Women in NECA & Future Leaders Conference! Please share your feedback by completing the survey below.

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WHAT’S STANDARD?For electrical contractors, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) can help define their business and success. SOPs help build consistency, standardization, teamwork, and a common vision for how projects are executed. With the shortage of workers and the generational changes, SOPs are becoming critical for the success of the construction project (productivity, cost, schedule, quality, and communication), transferring skills, and the overall continuity of electrical contractors. ELECTRI is launching a research project on “Setting up the project for success with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)” . This initiative aims to define, assemble, deploy, and evaluate SOPs to provide NECA contractors with the foundation to standardize some of their processes and build consistency across their projects. We invite you to participate in a survey to provide the research team insights into existing SOPs and help advance the electrical construction industry. Here’s the link. Thank you for your help!

IF YOU’RE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD – EC contractors across the country are taking advantage of new ways to learn more about industry advancements and – at the same time – connect with very smart young professionals interested in EC industry careers. ELECTRI’s Industry Connect is partnering with NECA Chapters and has three upcoming programs. We hope you will take time to join an event near you:  April 25 - Northeastern Illinois Chapter NECA, April 26-27 - St. Louis Chapter NECA, May 12 - Oregon-Columbia Chapter NECA. For additional information about these sessions or to learn how to schedule an Industry Connect for your NECA Chapter, contact Anna (Trapane) Jochim, ELECTRI’s Director of Future Workforce Development at 240-446-6294 or [email protected]

KEEP IT VISUAL. KEEP IT REAL. – 360-degree photo documentation tools are a low-cost, low-effort means of having complete visual project records. On site, someone walks the job and captures 360-degree photos and videos. Then, software automatically organizes these photos and videos by location and date of capture. There is a new class of easy-to-deploy photo record-keeping solutions on the market. ELECTRI research, conducted by Thomas Czerniawski, has produced a Guide to 360 Photo Project Documentation. The results include an implementation checklist designed to provide a step-by-step guide for electrical contractors to deploy 360-photo management successfully. The checklist includes five key steps:


  1. Organizational Policy and Strategic Plan
  2. Technology Ramp Up
  3. Execution - Suggested Standard Operating Procedures
  4. Experimenting with Advanced Features

Access the complete project at this link to go straight to project results.

HOW WELL DO YOU MANAGE? Managing materials outside of the gate has a direct impact on project performance. Doing it well provides electrical contractors the means to be proactive, effectively plan for materials (from early project phases to delivery) and avoid costly mistakes during project execution. Today, electrical contractors are pushed to address pressing materials concerns while continuously wrestling with long-standing challenges. This interactive ELECTRI effort, launched in collaboration with Graybar, strives to advance the EC industry’s thinking about materials management. This report documents outside of the gate materials management practices of those electrical contractors who are at the forefront of industrialized construction adoption. Want more? Download a self-evaluation tool to see where your company stands on managing outside the gateClick here for the report and excel tool.

A SECOND CHANCE TO LISTEN & LEARN – You may want to listen again or maybe you missed the live conversation. ELECTRI’s March 29th Council Room on new third-party pre-qualification standards connected to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) requirements was packed with information and solid advice. The panel explored how/why the ESG pre-qual requirements are making their way into projects for owners. This Council Room panel gave all of us a better understanding of the way these requirements have impacted our larger industry partners and shared how other contractors have addressed these requests on past projects. Here’s the link to the full Council Room session.


A NEW LEADER STEPS UP – One of the St. Louis area’s oldest electrical contracting companies, Schaeffer Electric Company has named Justin Kohlman, P.E., as President succeeding Timothy Chettle who will serve as Chief Executive Officer. Founded in 1935, Schaeffer has grown to become one of the region’s leading residential, commercial and industrial electrical contractors. Schaeffer is an employee-owned company that reported revenues of $25.5 million in 2021 and has 96 employees.  


Yes, Justin Kohlman does Think Like a Leader. He has orchestrated industrial electrical projects for nearly 20 years, serves on the Board of Directors for NECA’s St. Louis Chapter and is active with ELECTRI. Being willing to challenge and then taking time to listen to the other person’s perspective are two of the guiding principles that have helped Justin become the leader he is today. He regards spending time with his workforce – at every level – to be the most important element in achieving team success. Here’s the link to his recent interview with ELECTRI. We congratulate Justin on his new appointment as President of Schaeffer Electric.


NEW AND IMPORTANTELECTRI is honored to announce its newest ELECTRI Council volunteer initiative – the Construction Technology Committee (CTC). The Committee’s mission is to foster and advance construction technology and innovation. At its organizing meeting, the members of the CTC identified two core objectives: to provide guidance, resources, work flows and best practices for adoption, implementation and integration of Construction Technology (CT) and to identify, analyze and evaluate emerging technologies that have the potential to transform, and are relevant to the electrical contracting industry. ELECTRI extends its appreciation to the industry leaders who have agreed to serve on the new CTC:


Toby Mitchell, CTC Chair - Classic Electric & Consulting Corporation

Firas Alkhayri – The Superior Group

Maria Davidson – KOJO

Quintinus Henry – Graybar

Rob Heimann – Columbia River Electric Maintenance

Alex Huntoon – Newkirk Electric Associates, Inc.

Justin Kohlman – Schaeffer Electric Company

Mason McPhee – Phalcon USA

David Reed – VECA Electric & Technologies, LLC

Sam Rokowski – Maddox Electric Company, Inc.

Maria Saavedra – B & D Industries

Brianne Stewart – Milwaukee Tool

Craig Wojciechowski – BESCO Electric Corporation


IT’S A REAL CHALLENGE – Join ELECTRI’s Council Room on April 27 @ 11:30 Eastern as we focus on Buy America provisions and ways NECA contractors are complying with these requirements on Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) federal projects. The expanded list of American-made products required on the jobsite becomes more challenging with the supply chain shortages and delays. Recent investments in American manufacturing have not yet resulted in materials being available in the U.S. Participants of this Council Room session will have the opportunity to share their insights, best practices, and pain points on the process of bidding this work, acquiring and meeting requirements, or accessing waivers. Industry partners in attendance will be able to notify contractors of the availability of American-made products and any updates to the supply chain challenges. Here is the Zoom invitation:

ELECTRI is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: ELECTRI - April Council Room - Buy America Requirements

Time: Apr 27, 2023 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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2023 ELECTRI Council Meeting

July 17 - 19, 2023

The American Club

Kohler, WI

ELECTRI is excited to announce that registration is now open for the July 2023 ELECTRI Council meeting at the American Club in Kohler, WI. The meeting will take place July 17-19.  Register for the meeting here. Once you register, you will receive the phone number to call to make your hotel reservation. All reservations must be made by calling the American Club directly as there is no online link.

Highlights of the meeting:

·    Keynote speaker Steve Richman, Group President, Milwaukee Tool   

·    Breakout sessions on a variety of topics

·    Discussion and voting on a new round of research opportunities

·    Golf at the famous Whistling Straits course (costs generously covered by Graybar)

·    Tactical Shooting activity (costs generously covered by BreezEV)

·    A tour of Milwaukee Tool’s newest facility in West Bend, WI. This tour will end at 1PM on Wednesday, July 19th. Transportation will be provided to the Airport or back to the resort by Milwaukee Tool. Please make your travel plans accordingly.

Make your plans now to join ELECTRI this summer for an exciting agenda. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Holmes @ [email protected]


  • Council Room, April 27, 11:30 AM Eastern, will focus on Buy America provisions and ways NECA contractors can comply with these requirements on certain federal projects.
  • ELECTRI at NECA Now, April 17-20, to learn about our programs and projects, offer your recommendations for new initiatives, find ways to engage with the Foundation.  

WAY MORE THAN COOKIES – ELECTRI recently joined forces with Mark One Electric in Kansas City to host Girls in Charge! welcoming 60 Girl Scouts from Grade 2 through 7. This program is designed to encourage young girls to explore STEM by learning about the EC industry and leaning into their leadership, communication, creativity, and problem-solving skills through hands-on activities. The one-day pilot project agenda at the Mark One facility focused on three opportunities:

  • Diving into the world of Legos, the Girl Scouts learned to lead others through a pre-designed building project. Each girl had the chance to share her ideas, learn from her teammates, and build an awesome project.
  • Students learned about the program TinkerCAD. They designed their own bridge with a pen and paper, built the design in the virtual program, then used Legos to build the bridge in real life.
  • The Scouts created flashlights using everyday supplies.

Read more about the event here. For information on bringing an In Charge program to girls and boys in your area, contact Anna (Trapane) Jochim, ELECTRI’s Director of Future Workforce Development at [email protected].

YOU GET TO DECIDE – There are 14 NECA Student Chapters participating in ELECTRI’s 2023 Electrical Contracting Innovation Challenge. Next, our industry leaders get to review the project proposals and select the three finalist teams to make in-person presentations during the NECA Convention in Philadelphia. If you are interested in learning where the most talented, industry-ready students can be found, please consider volunteering as a member of the jury for the ECIC competition. For additional information, contact Laura Holmes at [email protected]

WELL WORTH WATCHING – ELECTRI’s recent ConTech and Coffee webinar focused on Material Management Software. EC panelists reviewed their Material Management software journey. The conversation covered how they chose the software, how it got implemented in their workflow, and how it was integrated from their previous material management workflow. To watch and learn from the discussion, click the link here.

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NECA Project Excellence Awards

Application Process is Open!

The NECA Project Excellence Awards were created to recognize member companies for their outstanding commitment, professionalism and ingenuity in delivering an electrical project across 13 different market sectors! NECA wants to see the innovative and cutting-edge projects that your company completed in 2022. Get a chance to be celebrated on stage at our annual convention in September where the PEA awards will be presented!


The 13 different categories are:

  • Commercial/Institutional
  • Design-Build
  • Educational
  • Energy Solutions/Green Building
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Low Voltage/Technology
  • Overhead Transmission
  • Residential
  • Street Lighting/Traffic Signal
  • Substation/Interconnection
  • Transportation & Infrastructure
  • Electric Vehicle (EV)

Deadline to submit is June 30, 2023. Applications submitted must be based on projects completed in 2022. View more information and rules here.

NECA National Events

NECA Safety Professionals Conference (5/24/23 - 5/26/23)

Registration is Open!

The NECA Safety Professionals Conference (NSPC) is open to all NECA Members, IBEW and electrical training Alliance members. Conference attendees will experience three days of keynotes and breakout sessions from industry leaders and safety experts.

Educational tracks include: Inside Electrical Construction, Leadership, NFPA 70E & Electrical Construction, Safety Management Regulations and Safety Management Risks. 

May 24 - 26, 2023

Renaissance Nashville Hotel

Nashville, TN



NECA Business Development Conference - May 21 - 23, 2023 Nashville

Registration is Open!

This conference is designed to provide a platform for growth, collaboration, and game-changing opportunities that allows contractors to stay ahead of the curve and achieve their full potential.

The 2023 Business Development Conference will be held at the Renaissance Nashville on May 21-23, 2023. This conference is open to all NECA members, IBEW members, electrical training alliance, JATC personnel and industry leaders.


May 21 - 23, 2023

Renaissance Nashville Hotel

Nashville, TN 


National Fall Safety Stand-Down

This year’s Fall Stand-Down will be May 1-5, 2023. Attached is some useful information to use during the stand-down.


In advance of the 10th annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction (May 1-5, 2023), OSHA wanted to alert you to the following new tools and resources to assist workplaces in preparing for and participating in the Stand-Down:


·    OSHA Public Service Announcement:

·    OSHA’s video PSA is now available in English and Spanish.


·    Handouts for Workers:

·    Hardhat Stickers and Hazard Alert Cards are still available for order from CPWR. Place your orders no later than April 12, 2023.


·    Attachments – Attached for your use are the following promotional resources:

·    Talking Points for Promoting the 2023 Fall Stand Down (English/Spanish)

·    Signature Block Banners (English/Spanish)


As a reminder, anyone who wants to prevent hazards in the workplace can participate in the Stand-Down. Companies can conduct a Safety Stand-Down by taking a break to have a toolbox talk or another safety activity such as conducting safety equipment inspections, developing rescue plans, or discussing job specific hazards. See Highlights from Past Stand-Downs and reports evaluating previous events.


NECA Communications

Announcements from Federal Agencies

Below are several announcements from Federal Agencies that may impact NECA Contractors. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out

Jared Karbowsky

Director, Government Affairs

National Electrical Contractors Association

443.975.2932 | [email protected]

Department of Treasury:

$1.73 Billion to Improve Access to Capital, Financial Services in Underserved Communities:

  • Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) has awarded over $1.73 billion in grants to 603 Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) across the country through the CDFI Equitable Recovery Program (ERP). ERP is a competitive grant program designed to provide funding to CDFIs to expand lending, grant making, and investment activities in low- or moderate-income communities, which have significant unmet capital and financial services needs. The CDFI ERP grant funds may be used to support lending related to small businesses and microenterprises, community facilities, affordable housing, commercial real estate, and intermediary lending to non-profits and CDFIs. 

Treasury Releases Guidance to Drive Investment to Coal Communities:

  • Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released guidance that provides detailed information about the bonus under the Inflation Reduction Act for clean energy projects and facilities located in communities that have driven and historically been at the forefront of energy production. Developers can receive a bonus of up to 10 percentage points on top of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and an increase of 10 percent for the Production Tax Credit (PTC). The energy community bonus for the ITC and PTC is available to developers for locating projects in historical energy communities, including areas with closed coal mines or coal-fired power plants. A census tract or directly adjoining census tract where a coal mine closed after 1999, or where a coal-fired electric generating unit was retired after 2009 qualifies as an energy community. Treasury and IRS have partnered with the Interagency Working Group on Energy Communities to provide a searchable mapping tool that helps identify areas that may be eligible for the energy communities bonus. The tool will be updated regularly as additional data becomes available.

Department of Transportation:

$20 Million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding to Modernize 29 Airport Control Towers Across the U.S.

  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $20 Million from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to 29 airport owned traffic control towers across the U.S. The funding will be used to upgrade and build control towers in small towns and at regional airports. View a data visualization of the airports receiving funding. A full list of all grants being awarded is available on the FAA website. The announcement includes 33 grant awards at 29 airports for Fiscal Year 2023 as part of the FAA Contract Tower Competitive Grant program. These grants will sustain, construct, repair, improve, modernize, replace or relocate airport-owned towers and install communications equipment. 
Read Full Announcement Here

NECA Alert (4/3/23)


NECA This Week (4/24/23)


NECA Government Affairs Update  (4/24/23) --

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 


Please Assist NECA Manual of Labor Units Task Force

NECA utilizes the expertise and experience of our members to gather labor unit data. The Manual of Labor Units Task Force is seeking additional NECA members to provide a broader view of labor unit experience, seek members who do installations that may be under-represented in the MLU and guide the Manual into its second century. Task force members must have expertise in the estimation of electrical equipment as well as the documentation of the actual time of electrical construction labor to install typical electrical and communications systems.


Obligations & Time Requirements: Task Force members are actively involved in the review and drafting of the Manual. An in-person meeting, in addition to conference calls and "homework" is required in each revision cycle. 


DEI & B Survey

The deadline is quickly approaching to complete NECA's annual Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Survey. As industry leaders, participating in this important survey will give NECA the ability to collect critical data and act on it. The survey only takes a couple of minutes to complete. Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary and all of your responses will be kept confidential. No personal information will be associated with your responses. If your company holds multiple memberships, we ask that you complete the survey for each chapter you hold membership. Please complete the survey using your employment data for December 31, 2022. The deadline to complete the survey is May 1, 2023.


ECA Stipends Available for a Number of Events!

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Executive Committee recently approved a number of educational stipends for various events throughout 2023. Please click on the link for the current listing.

The registrations will be reimbursed to the applicable companies after the Conference. After you have registered for the applicable event, please e-mail a copy of your completed registration transaction to the Association office at [email protected].  This will allow us to have a record of your registration information, should you need any assistance after registering.

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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April 27, 2023

"Empower Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2023"

Sean Samson Training, Ltd.

Session 4

Hyatt Lodge

Oak Brook, IL

May 8 - 10, 2023

Basic Estimating of Electrical Construction

Hyatt Lodge

Oak Brook, IL

May 10, 2023

ECA Regular Membership Meeting

Union League Club of Chicago

Chicago, IL

May 16, 2023

ECA DEI Committee Program

Session 4

Hyatt Lodge

Oak Brook, IL

May 21 - 23, 2023

NECA Business Development Conference

Nashville, TN

May 21 - 23, 2023

NECA DEI & B Conference

Nashville, IL

May 24 - 26, 2023

NECA Safety Professionals Conference

Nashville, TN

May 31, 2023

"Empower Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2023"

Sean Samson Training, Ltd.

Session 5

Hyatt Lodge

Oak Brook, IL

June 7 - 8, 2023

ECA 51st Annual Spring Conference

Abbey Resort

Fontana, WI

June 13 - 16, 2023

NECA Academy of Electrical Contracting

Cape Neddick, ME

June 26 - 28, 2023


Denver, CO


June 28 - 29, 2023

NECA Service & Maintenance Conference

Denver, CO


July 17 - 19, 2023

ELECTRI Council Meeting

Kohler, WI


July 27, 2023

"Empower Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2023"

Sean Samson Training, Ltd.

Session 6

Hyatt Lodge

Oak Brook, IL

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