ECA News & Events Update

51st Annual Spring Conference Recap Video

Here is what you missed!

2023 ECA Summer Social

Mark your calendars for Friday, August 18, 2023, as we have a wonderful day planned at the Navy Pier Offshore Rooftop Bar!

Located at the far East end of Chicago’s Navy Pier, Offshore Rooftop offers unencumbered views of Lake Michigan and the city’s famed skyline not found anywhere else.

*Spouses and guests are welcome to attend!

Program highlights include:

  • Chicago Air & Water Show practice
  • Food, Beverages, & Networking
  • Tremendous Views of the City Skyline

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2023 Leadership Conference

The Young Professionals committee is thrilled to announce that registration is now live for our 2023 Leadership Conference!

Mark your calendars for September 14-15, 2023, as we have a jam-packed 2-day conference filled with great speakers, food & drink, and networking opportunities!

Program Highlights:

  • Tour of Milwaukee Tool
  • Off Campus Activity at MobCraft Beer
  • Education and Break-Out Sessions

The cost for the event is $250.00 per person. This event is open to all ECA Member Firms and their Employees.

The fee covers lodging, conference programs and events, and food and beverage.

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NECA Convention & Trade Show - Philadelphia

September 29, 2023 - October 2, 2023

Registration for the NECA Convention & Trade Show has begun!  Room Reservation for the Chicago Chapter Block ends on August 1, 2023. It is based on availability. Please register, as soon as you can.  


Please visit to register for the NECA Convention/Accommodations. The Convention Center is located at the Philadelphia Convention Center, 1101 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107.


Those who register early (on or before August 1, 2023) will receive the “early” price of $1,725 for members and $1,100 for the member’s spouse / guest. Those who register beginning on August 2, 2023 will receive the "regular" NECA Convention registration fee of $1,975 per NECA member, and $1,300 for the member’s spouse / guest.


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. 


Hotel Reservations

The Hotel for the Chicago & Cook County Chapter is the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center located at 1 N 19th Street, Philadelphia, PA. The room type and rate that is available is the Standard Room (1 King Bed or Two Double Beds) at $505.00 Single / Double.


Convention Stipend

The ECA Executive Committee approved the stipend of the Registration Fee for up to two representatives and their guests from each ECA member firm that registers for the Convention. The registrations will be reimbursed to the applicable companies after the Convention. The Executive Committee also approved an additional stipend of $1,000.00 per applicable attendee’s room block utilization for the NECA Convention & Trade Show to offset the room night cost increase with the Four Seasons Philadelphia Hotel.  


Chicago Department of Buildings (DOB) Updates

Please click on the link below for a City of Chicago Department of Buildings (DOB) newsletter, "Summer 2023 News and Updates" from June 26, 2023.


The Power of Better - Ep. 5

The newest episode of The Power of Better takes viewers to the site of 1000M, Chicago’s newest 74-story skyscraper that’s scheduled for completion at the end of 2024.

Subscribe to Powering Chicago’s YouTube channel to make sure you’re notified when new episodes drop.

"Empower Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2023" -July 27, 2023

Presented by Sean Samson Training, Ltd.

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Breakfast & Lunch provided.


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ECA 2023 Membership Meetings - Educational & Special Events Programming

Please click on the link for a listing of upcoming programs sponsored by the Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research & Education Committee, as well as National NECA events, Chapter programs. Registration links provided in pdf.

2023 Programming

Various Event Stipends

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 applicable Conference.


2023 Stipend Listings

Member Education & Webinar Recordings

2023 NECA Now Presentation Slides

Illinois Economic Outlook Presentation Slides

Facilitating Knowledge Transfer: Material Handouts 

IMSCA CDB Update -

Training Workshops

The Capital Development Board (CDB) has announced upcoming training workshops for Architects & Engineers and Contractors. These training workshops provide an opportunity to contractors who work with or would like to work with the CDB to learn more about CDB’s processes and procedures. Please feel free to share this information with your association members. 

Information about the workshop dates, times and registration information can be found below. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Shelly Gresham at


Announcement: Project Management Training for Architectural and Engineering Firms and Construction Contractors (Construction Bidding) 

The Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB) will be hosting free virtual project management training sessions for architectural and engineering firms and construction firms who are interested in working and managing CDB projects.


Architectural and Engineering Firms - Qualification Based Selection

Wednesday, June 28, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. CT

 To register for this event, please complete a separate form for each person attending from your firm. Once the registration is complete, Webex will email you the access information and you will have the option to add it to the calendar that is synced to your email. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, June 27, 12:00 p.m. CT.


Construction Contractors (Construction Bidding)

Thursday, June 29, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. CT

To register for this event, please complete a separate form for each person attending from your firm. Once the registration is complete, Webex will email you the access information and you will have the option to add it to the calendar that is synced to your email. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, June 28, 12:00 p.m. CT.


For more information, please contact Shelly Gresham at

IMSCA Raffle

THANKS to the generosity of our IMSCA members for prize donations, 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. Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field (November 9, 7:15 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 in 200 Club Level seats (Date TBA). Donated by Jim McGlynn, McWilliams Electric Company.
  • $1,500 Travel Package that includes a $500 Southwest Airlines, $500 Delta Airlines and $500 gift cards. Donated by Bloomington-Normal PHCC/IL PHCC.
  • $500 Amazon gift card. Donated by Electrical Contractors Association of Chicago.
  • $500 Best Buy gift card. Donated by PCA of Greater Chicago.
  • $500 Cabela’s gift card. Donated by Underground Contractors Association of Illinois.
  • $500 GoPlay Golf gift card good at 5,000+ golf courses nationwide or for use on golf merchandise, golf lessons or golf vacations. Donated by Bloomington-Normal PHCC/IL PHCC.
  • $500 Home Depot gift card. Donated by SMACNA Greater Chicago.
  • $500 Morton’s Steakhouse gift card. Donated by Bloomington-Normal PHCC/IL PHCC.

This is a great fundraiser package containing something for everyone.  The winning tickets will be drawn at IMSCA’s Board and Membership meeting on September 15, 2023. The winners do not need to be present to win.  Please click the link below for the Raffle Form!

Click Here for IMSCA Raffle Form

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 17 - 19, 2023

ELECTRI Council Meeting

Kohler, WI

July 27, 2023

"Empower Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2023"

Sean Samson Training, Ltd.

Session 6

Oak Brook, IL

August 18, 2023

ECA Summer Event

Off-Shore Navy Pier

Chicago, IL

September 14-15, 2023

2023 Leadership Conference

Iron Horse Hotel

Milwaukee, WI

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