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ECA News & Events Update

ECA Chicago Summer Social Event @ Streeterville Social

Thursday, August 11, 2022, 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Join us at Streeterville Social, Rooftop Bar and Restaurant, on August 11th for the ECA Summer Social Event! As the city’s largest outdoor rooftop terrace with sweeping skyline views, Streeterville Social offers a sprawling 9,000 square foot, park-like setting to enjoy a summer afternoon with fellow members. Enjoy great food, live music, beautiful views and great camaraderie at this free social event open to all ECA Members!

CLICK HERE for Registration!

2022 NECA Project Excellence Awards -

Submission Deadline Approaching!

Submit your project today for the 2022 Project Excellence Awards, open to all NECA members. Entries are open through July 15th, and the awards will be officially presented at the 2022 NECA Convention and Trade Show in Austin, Texas.  The Project Excellence Awards were created by NECA to showcase the exceptional work performed by our member-contractors throughout the country, recognizing them for their outstanding commitment, professionalism, and ingenuity in delivering an electrical project across 13 different market sectors. The competition will consider 13 categories based on the type of project and its dollar value: commercial/institutional, design-build, educational, energy solutions/green building, healthcare, industrial, low-voltage/technology, overhead transmission, residential, street lighting/traffic signal, substation/interconnection, transportation/infrastructure, and electric vehicle (EV). 

For each project category, except for commercial/institutional, low voltage/technology, overhead transmission, residential, and substation/interconnection, the award will be based on whether the electrical/technology portion of the project is valued under or over $1 million. The projects will be judged on the following criteria: aesthetics, application, difficulty, innovation, and originality.  For more information and to apply, visit necapea.org.

Contact Carrie Spaeth at ECA if you have any questions about the application process.

NECA "Value-Added" Services

Please click on the link for the NECA Open Forum - 7/8/22 edition regarding NECA Value-Added Services.

7/8/22 - NECA Open Forum


Registration is OPEN!


Hosted by the City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS) and

the Government Procurement Compliance Forum (GPC)


Thursday, August 25th

Buying Plan: Vendor Fair Edition


The Buying Plan: Vendor Fair Edition will be available for download to help the vendor community plan ahead in anticipation of the upcoming 2022 In-Person Vendor Fair.


The Buying Plan is a key transparency initiative that the City of Chicago uses to forecast the goods and services that it expects to procure in the next 6 quarters, allowing businesses and the vendor community to prepare for upcoming solicitations.


visit www.chicago.gov/buyingplan to download.


The Department of Procurement Services (DPS) is hosting the 2022 Vendor Fair. The program is being held on August 25, 2022.  Join DPS in person for workshops and government contracting information from subject-matter experts from the City of Chicago, Sister Agencies, Cook County, State of Illinois, Federal Agencies, Financial Institutions, and Assist Agencies.


The 2022 Vendor Fair is a full day of activities including keynote speakers, workshops, exhibitors, and networking opportunities. The event is designed for the vendor community to garner tools and resources to help the business community to garner government contracting opportunities. You can register for individual workshops to create a custom Vendor Fair experience that meets your needs. Sessions are designed for businesses at all levels: starting out, growing, and seasoned establishments. Below are the following workshops offered this year:


Event Highlights:

  • Keynote Speakers
  • Exhibitors
  • A full day of workshops filled with information to help the business community.
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Register for individual workshops to create a custom Procurement Vendor Fair that meets your needs.
  • Workshop sessions for businesses starting out, growing, or seasoned establishments.

NECA Convention & Trade Show

-Austin, TX  10/15/22 - 10/18/22

Registration is OPEN!

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


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.

Pictured above is Bob Mooty, former NECA Education Instructor


"Advanced Estimating of Electrical Construction" 

(9/12/22 & 9/13 /22)

As a REMINDER, the Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee seminar called, "Advanced Estimating of Electrical Construction" is being conducted by Bob Mooty, former NECA Education Instructor.

The program will be held on Monday & Tuesday, September 12 & 13, 2022 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. (both days) at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel, 2301 York Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523, (630) 571-0000.

Breakfast and lunch are to be provided.

Pictured above is DOB Commissioner, Matthew Beaudet


ECA Regular Membership Meeting

September 14, 2022

DOB Commissioner Guest Speaker

Please join us for our September Membership Meeting!


The evening event is scheduled as follows:


ECA Membership Meeting

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Union League Club

65 W. Jackson

Chicago, IL

(312) 427-7800


Registration / Networking: 5:30 pm

Dinner: 6:00 pm

Business Session: 7:00 pm

Event Concludes: 8:00 pm

Complimentary Valet Parking / Validated Garage Parking

Club requires at least Business Casual Attire

(Business Casual includes: collared shirt, including turtleneck, slacks or skirt with blouse or sweater.

Dress denim is not considered Business Casual.)

The dinner program will feature industry updates, and a guest presentation from Matthew Beaudet, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Buildings (DOB). We look forward to seeing you, there!

Dubs Dread at Cog Hill Golf Course.


September 21, 2022

Registration is OPEN!

The 2nd Annual ECA NECAPAC PLC Golf Outing is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at Dubs Dread at Cog Hill Golf Course. We hope that you will attend! 

CLICK HERE for Registration.

Pictured above is Mark Federle,

Ph.D., P.E., CPC; Marquette University

"Preplanning Beyond the Basics" 

September 28, 2022

As a REMINDER, the Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee seminar called, "Preplanning - Beyond the Basics" is being conducted by Mark Federle, Ph.D., P.E., CPC; Marquette University. 

The program will be held on a NEW DATE! - Wednesday, September 28, 2022 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. at Gibsons Steakhouse, 2105 Spring Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523, (630) 954-0000.

Breakfast and lunch are to be provided. Breakfast is to be made available at 7:45 am.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Webinars & Member News
EAP solutions are available via on demand telephonic support and through video counseling, mobile app, work/life web portal and chat functionality.

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.


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 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

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 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