ECA News & Events Update
NECA Convention & Trade Show - VIRTUAL Event-October 5 - 8, 2020
Register Today!
The first 1500 registrants will receive a swag bag of gifts in the mail. Sign up your team today!
The ECA will cover the cost of convention registration for NECA 2020 Live ($200 per individual) for up to ten individuals per ECA member firm.
CARE Act Main Street Lending Program
US Government COVID Funding For The Construction, Design and Infrastructure Sector Companies:
Critical New Information on PPP  
Wednesday August 26
1:00 PM CST

Join the US Department of Commerce, the Federal Reserve, and the Small Business Administration for an update on the new Main Street Lending Program. This program will provide credit support to eligible small and medium-sized businesses that are integral to the U.S. economy and create jobs for a large share of the U.S. workforce, particularly in the construction, design and infrastructure sectors. LEARN MORE......
September 14-17, 2020
ECA Chicago is sponsoring this year's "MEET THE CONTRACTOR" Week. ECA members receive complimentary admission!

Meet the Contractor Week is the USA’s largest online event to provide direct access to general contractors and buyers in the AEC industry. Join them as they discuss the opportunities to work with them on new projects across the USA. 
NECA Government Affairs Update Webinar - 8/26/2020 1:00 PM (CST)
NECA’s government affairs team will provide an update on the latest happenings on Capitol Hill, including progress on Phase IV coronavirus relief legislation and its impact on our contractors. You will also receive an update on NECAPAC’s involvement in the 2020 elections and get a preview of NECAPAC and government affairs activities at the upcoming virtual convention.
Illinois Department of Labor: New requirements and upcoming webinar
Beginning September 1st, 2020 – all certified payrolls for public works projects in Illinois MUST be filed with the Illinois Department of Labor – No Exceptions. The Illinois Department of Labor will be holding a Webex training on how to use this upload option. It is highly recommended that the individual who files certified payrolls for your organization attends this meeting. Even if you took the first training in April, it is recommended that you attend this session. This webinar is primarily for contractors, as they will be filing certified payrolls with the department. 
Employee Resource Services Upcoming Webinars
Employee Resource Services is now a division of AllOne Health Company. These services are a benefit of your ECA membership.

Featuring new resources for your Employees, and Supervisors, monthly newsletters and webinars.

Upcoming webinars:
August 26th: Self Reflection & Awareness

"Strategic Planning Basics: Where are We Now & Where are We Headed?" - MEP Program
August 27, 2020
The ECA in conjunction with a number of industry area trade associations, is pleased to present a webinar called, "Strategic Planning Basics: Where are We Now & Where are We Headed?" The session is scheduled for Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am. 
Chicago’s Procurement Services Department to host online Workshop about Construction Contracting on August 27th
This is a Construction-focused workshop that provides an overview of the bidding process and highlights programs related to construction opportunities. This includes the Small Business Initiative (SBI), Mid-size Business Initiative (MBI), Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Apprentice Utilization Bid Preference, and many more.
Virtual workshop will be from 2 to 3 p.m. 
"Renewable Energy for Electrical Contractors" Training Program -
Friday, August 28, 2020 and Saturday, August 29, 2020 at
The Illinois IBEW Renewable Energy Fund (IBEW REF), which has received funding for renewable energy training throughout Illinois, is pleased to present a complimentary two-day training program regarding work in the solar industry in Illinois. The coursework has been developed to inform the union electrical contractor to become an effective union solar contractor.   
ECA Membership Meeting September 9, 2020
Please join us for our September evening Membership Meeting! The program will feature industry updates, and guest presentation / keynote address from Kelly Richmond Pope, Ph.D., CPA on "White Collar" Crime, Fraud & Internal Control Issues.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Mastro's Steakhouse, Chicago
The event is limited to 50 attendees. Please register ahead of time due to space availability. Mastro's will be in keeping with current safety measures. All guests will be required to wear a face mask upon entering the restaurant.  
POWERING CHICAGO to be featured in upcoming Building Congress webinar - The Future of Work: Leveraging Technology for Safer Built Environments in the COVID-19 Era - 9/16/2020
IMSCA PAC Raffle -
Tickets Available!
IMSCA is excited to announce the IMSCA-PAC 2020 fundraiser has resumed! The winning tickets will now be drawn at IMSCA’s Board and Membership meeting on September 11, 2020. Please click on the link below for a copy of the Raffle Ticket Order Form. SEVEN 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. The winners do not need to be present to win. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Jessica Newbold Hoselton, Executive Director, Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association (IMSCA) at: (217) 523-4361.
Stand-Down to Save Lives -
2020 National Safety Stand-Down September 14-18, 2020  
Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 320 of the 1,008 construction fatalities recorded in 2018 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries..  
OSHA’s Stand-Down webpage offers information on conducting a successful event, and educational resources. Employers are encouraged to provide feedback after their events, and to obtain a personalized certificate of participation.
To learn how you can participate in the Stand-Down, visit  
Joint Safety Forum - "Excavation Hazards in Construction" - 9/24/2020 
The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) / Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA and the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA are proud to present the next Safety Forum featuring the seminar, "Excavation Hazards in Construction."
"Excavation Hazards in Construction" is a FREE 4-hour safety training program designed to educate workers about the risks and liabilities associated with trench-related work. 
NECA 2020 LIVE! Check out the live broadcasts and new trade show floor on VIMEO.
Search "NECA NET" on, to all NECA'S video updates including Live interviews and a demo of the convention hall tradeshow floor.
ECA Membership Meeting
October 14, 2020
Please join us for our October luncheon Membership Meeting! The program will feature industry updates, and guest presentation from Shannon Andrews, City of Chicago Chief Procurement Officer.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Maggiano's Banquets, Oak Brook
"Succession Planning"
October 21, 2020
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee workshop called, "Succession Planning" has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 8:00 am. The program is to be held at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel.

If you're interested in attending the "Succession Planning" workshop, please click the link below.
ECA Membership Meeting
November 11, 2020
Please join us for our November luncheon Membership Meeting! The program will feature industry updates, and guest presentation from Jamie Rhee, Commissioner, City of Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA).
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Gibsons Steakhouse, Oakbrook

"Top Habits of High Performing Foremen" - November 18, 2020
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee workshop called, "Top Habits of High Performing Foremen" has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 8:00 am. The program is to be held at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel.

If you're interested in attending the "Top Habits of High Performing Foremen" workshop, please click the link below.
2023 NEC Edition Open for Input /
NEIS Updates Available
Please click on the link below for various updates from NECA regarding the National Electrical Code (NEC) and National Electrical Industry Standards (NEIS) publications, among other areas.
CORONAVIRUS Updates Page on ECA Website
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.
Save the Dates
"Managing Field Productivity" August 27, 2020 - CANCELED!

October 21, 2020
Drake Oak Brook Hotel
Oak Brook, IL

November 18, 2020
Drake Oak Brook Hotel
Oak Brook, IL