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  This will allow us to have a record of your registration information, should you need any assistance after registering. 



THE NEW REQUIREMENTS – Participants in last week’s ELECTRI Council Room webcast learned a lot about best practices and pain points on performing federal work, or work funded with federal dollars, that include Buy America requirements. You and your key staff members can review the Council Room conversation by clicking this link.


HOW DO YOU EVALUATE EXPEREINCE? - In selecting his workforce, Classic Electric & Consulting President Toby Mitchell knows that understanding and applying technology is far more important than the person’s number of years in the industry. He leads Classic Electric & Consulting with a compassionate approach to both staff and customers. Toby knows that success comes from building the brand into an exciting company where people grow and excel. Watch his Think Like a Leader interview here. 

WE NEED YOUR HELP - Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are crucial for the success of electrical contractors in the construction industry. They provide consistency, standardization, teamwork, and a common vision for project execution. With a shortage of workers and generational changes, SOPs are becoming even more critical. ELECTRI is launching a research project on “Setting up the project for success with SOPs” to define, assemble, deploy, and evaluate SOPs. We invite you to share this survey with your employees to help advance the industry. 


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

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.

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 @

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

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.

ELECTRI International Quick Links


ELECTRI Meetings    ELECTRI Research    Council Room Sessions  Prefab 101 Videos  Think Like A Leader  

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 Safety Award Winners

NECA’s Recognition of Safety Achievement program is an elite safety recognition focused on recognizing thriving companies that excel in multiple areas of their safety and health programs. Member companies that consistently have OSHA recordable injury and fatality rates at levels lower than the industry standard and implement internal company safety practices above and beyond basic compliance will receive the recognition.

The Zero-Injury recognizes those member-companies that have worked a full calendar year without recordable incidents. 

The Safety Excellence is the association's premier recognition program and acknowledges member-contractors safety performance. When registering, contractors will automatically be entered into two Safety Recognition Programs; Zero Injury and Safety Excellence. Winners are selected based on their comparison to BLS data and electrical contractors.

Check out our District 4 winners!

NECA Alert (4/3/23)


NECA This Week (5/1/23)


NECA Government Affairs Update  (5/1/23) --

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. 


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  This will allow us to have a record of your registration information, should you need any assistance after registering.



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

August 18, 2023

ECA Summer Event

Off-Shore Navy Pier

Chicago, IL

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