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ECA Industry Update

2023 MEP Innovation Conference 

January 11 -13, 2023 

Austin, TX

Built by MCAA, NECA, and SMACNA leaders, the MEP Innovation Conference is the place to share and learn about the latest tools, software, technology, and processes aimed at improving contractors’ productivity and profitability. Don't miss this pivotal event that brings together experts across the specialty MEP trades to learn from the industry’s best and brightest.

Interested in attending?

Complete the form below.


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TAKE TIME TO WATCH -- The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certificate education videos, commissioned by ELECTRI, are complete and available to download on the ELECTRI website. Click here for quick access to the site.

YOU’VE GOT MAIL – ELECTRI wants to be sure everyone in your company knows about their projects and can access the research and education ready for them. Please send ELECTRI the names and e-mail addresses of the staff members you would like them to add to their Quick Notes mailing list. Give your field and office personnel the opportunity to stay on top of industry trends and recommendations. Send your list to laura.holmes@electri.org  

ARE YOU WORKING LEAN? – One of ELECTRI’s industry partners, the Lean Construction Institute (LCI), is conducting a study to find ways to improve lean project outcomes through best practices. LCI is asking our ELECTRI Council members to complete a short survey for this initiative. The goal is to determine the degree to which the design and construction industry is aware of and utilizing the specific project practices in Lean Design and Construction that most frequently correlate to better project outcomes and greater professional satisfaction.

Survey contributors need to be familiar with project outcomes (budget compliance, schedule compliance, etc.) and contracting methods, as well as the processes in which the project team engaged. LCI is reaching out to trade and general contractors, owners, architects, and others with experience with all types of building projects, from commercial to industrial to infrastructure, to participate in the survey.   ELECTRI participation will be vital to this project’s success. Participants will receive a copy of the study’s findings and a copy of the LCI Lean Deployment Guide.


Please click this link to take the survey: 



CHARGING AHEAD -- The next ELECTRI Council Room on EV Charging Station Projects: Best Practices and Lessons Learned will take place on August 25 at 3:00 PM ET. This Zoom session will include a panel of experienced contractors and industry partners who will share their expertise and discuss what’s working and what’s not, including pinch points impeding your ability to sell EV, profit margins, etc. We look forward to input from the audience on how best to handle this increasingly prevalent sector of work.


TOP TEN –Please click on the link for the ten key takeaways from the ELECTRI Council summer meeting, as well as supplemental material from the session. Many thanks to all of the panelists and presenters for making the meeting so productive and informative.



Seminar - 8/18/22

The NECA Education Advancement Resource Network (EARN) seeks to connect individuals with institutions of higher education. The NECA team has curated a selection of educational programs they feel would be beneficial to NECA members and stakeholders with nine educational institutions and they connect individuals to these programs.  NECA has held regular webinars on the different program offerings, and you can view the recordings here. This month’s webinar is an exciting one as we’ll specifically be discussing programs that give substantial credit for completion of the apprenticeship program and other experience.  We encourage you to pass this information on to those in the industry who would benefit from this program.


Higher Learning with NECA EARN! - Opportunities for Journey Workers and Apprentices

Thursday, August 18th | 2:00-3:00 PM ET


Join us to learn about academic programs that give substantial credit for completion of the apprenticeship and experiential credit! The program areas include Technical Leadership, Instructor Training and Education, Human Resources, and Electrical Construction Technology and certificate programs, associate degrees, and bachelor’s degrees are all available. Learn more about how you can pursue higher education with our guest partners, Valdosta State University, The University of Wisconsin-Stout, Dunwoody College of Technology, and the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC).


To learn more visit www.necalearningcenter.org or email education@necanet.org. You may also contact

Stephanie Adamec, NECA Executive Director, Education at sma@necanet.org.



To register, please click on the link above.  You need to use the COMP CODE: ECA MEMBER when registering (ECA MEMBER is all uppercase).

You can also visit the ECA website at: www.ecachicago.com (Event Calendar area) and register on-line for this complimentary program. Please contact the ECA at: (708) 531-0022 with any questions. We look forward to seeing you, there!

Pictured above is John Dimos,

CIH - Instructor

ECA / NECA Safety Forum

“Infectious Disease Hazards in Construction”

Tuesday, August 23, 2022 

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Safety Committee along with the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA is proud to sponsor a special program, "Infectious Disease Hazards in Construction," as follows:



Tuesday, August 23, 2022



7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.



IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH)

6201 W. 115th Street

Alsip, Illinois

(708) 389-1340

Capacity: 40 persons


INSTRUCTOR: John Dimos, Construction Safety Council


Infectious Disease Hazards in Construction is a FREE half-day course designed to raise employee awareness of infectious disease hazards lurking on construction jobsites; oftentimes posing an invisible threat to electricians. This program addresses hidden dangers to a worker’s health and livelihood. There will be discussion of OSHA requirements, as well as best practices and control plans to identify hazards and limit exposure to this serious risk.


Upon successful completion of the course, attendees will be able to: 

·        Identify common viral/bacterial/fungal diseases and their methods of transmission

·        Evaluate a work environment’s potential for harboring an infectious disease

·        Employ protective equipment and practices to prevent infection

·        Understand OSHA requirements for medical surveillance


This program is complimentary to ECA members, only.

NECA Safety Annual Survey


Please click on the link for the NECA Safety Annual Survey.

7/27/22 - NECA Safety Annual Survey

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 Government Affairs -

EV Charging Stations Update (8/16/22)

As you all know, EVITP (Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program) is a training program developed by automobile manufacturers, utilities, energy storage device manufacturers, electrical contractors, state and local electrical inspectors, the national fire protection agency and electrical workers that incorporates technical requirements, safety imperatives and performance integrity for the installation of EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment or EV charging stations, electric recharging points, charging points). It is a one-of-a-kind, brand neutral, non-profit, national EV industry collaborative training program created by stakeholders in the electric vehicle industry that provides curriculum to Electrical Industry Training Centers and community colleges across the United States on the proper installation of EVSE.

On June 9, 2022, President Biden proposed new standards that will be implemented as part of the new National Electrical Vehicle Charging Network. The administration’s goal is to build 500,000 charging stations across the country and this effort will be funded using the $7.5 billion authorized in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This first-ever federal investment in EV charging stations is a significant opportunity for all our contractors across America.  Accordingly, the IBEW and NECA are participating in the White House’s Talent Pipeline Challenge, which will run through the summer. Per the challenge, we have already trained more than 10,000 total IBEW members to be EVITP certified, with more on the way.

Your continued support is critical to helping exceed the Talent Pipeline Challenge goals. Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees are encouraged to quickly deploy EVITP and graduate EVITP-certified workers as soon as possible. In addition, it is vital that JATCs report to the IBEW International Office, NECA National Headquarters, the electrical training ALLIANCE, and EVITP when they enroll new students into the program and immediately report graduates. Both objectives are important as a critical mass of EVITP-certified electricians is needed immediately in every state. 

Please see the attached memo for additional details. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Marco Giamberardino, NECA VP Government & Public Affairs, directly, at (703) 786-7768 or at marco@necanet.org.

Please click on the link for the joint NECA-IBEW Memo on the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program.

8/16/22 - National EV Infrastructure Program Joint NECA-IBEW Memo 

City of Chicago --

Sexual Harassment Policy / Preventive Training Adjustment(s)  - Update

Please be aware that the City of Chicago has recently updated (July 1, 2022 its Sexual Harassment Policy / Training Requirements for those firms who do work with the City.


Section 8. 2-160-040 was expanded in regard to definition of sexual harassment and additional time needed for actual training.


Please click on the link for the training modules for the city’s new sexual harassment policy.  

City of Chicago Training Modules


2022 Safety Leadership Summit is Open For Registration!

November 14 - 16, 2022 in Louisville, KY

The NECA Safety Leadership Summit is a unique conference for expanding leadership skills to persons responsible for safety throughout the electrical industry, in addition to providing an avenue to create new safety leaders within an organization. Networking opportunities to interact with peers, other professionals, and executives are integral and key tenets to this Safety Leadership Summit.


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



Please contact the ECA office in regard to availability options! 


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. 

Again, Registration is open for the Convention; but, the Chapter Block is Filled! If you're registering and the Four Seasons is listed as not available, another hotel would be utilized. Please contact the ECA office in regard to availability options for the Four Seasons and/or the other hotels in the overall NECA block.   Also, "Early-Bird" rate closed on August 3, 2022.

Click Here for More Information

NECA This Week (8/15/22)

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

NECA Government Affairs Update  (8/15/22)  --

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: Jared Karbowsky, Director, Government Affairs, National Electrical Contractors Association at: 443-975-2932 


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.

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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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.


August 23, 2022

Infectious Disease Hazards in Construction


Alsip, IL

September 12 - 13, 2022

Advanced Estimating of Electrical Construction

Drake Oak Brook Hotel -- Oak Brook, IL

September 14, 2022

ECA Regular Membership Meeting

Union League Club of Chicago

September 21, 2022

ECA Chicago - NECAPAC PLC Golf Outing and Fundraiser

Cog Hill Golf Club, Lemont IL

September 28, 2022

Pre-Planning Beyond the Basics

Gibsons Steakhouse

Oak Brook, IL

October 12, 2022

ECA Regular Membership Meeting

Erie Cafe -- Chicago, IL

October 15 - 18, 2022

NECA Convention & Trade Show

Austin, TX

November 3, 2022

Managing Construction Delay Claims

Maggiano's Banquets -- Oak Brook, IL

November 9, 2022

ECA Regular Membership Meeting

Maggiano's Banquets

Chicago, IL

November 16, 2022

Transform Your Organization for the Future

Drake Oak Brook Hotel - Oak Brook, IL 

Saturday, December 17, 2022

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

Offshore, Navy Pier Chicago