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Pictured from left to right are:

WC Schult, Super Electric Construction Company,

Rick Jamerson, NECA Governor, Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc., and

James McGlynn, Sr., ECA Legislative Committee Chair,

McWilliams Electric Company, Inc.

NECA Legislative Conference

March 27 - 29, 2023

The NECA 2023 Legislative Conference was held March 27 – 29, 2023 in Washington, D.C. The sessions were held at the Hotel Salamander. The conference built up to its final day that was filled with Congressional visits – either with the legislator or their aide(s) and a Reception that was host to a number of Congressional representatives. 


The Chapter would like to thank Eric Nixon, Maron Electric Company for his ten years in the NECA Political Leadership Council (NECA PLC) and James McGlynn, Sr., McWilliams Electric Company, Inc. for his 20 years in the NECA PLC, as they were both recognized for their PLC participation over the years.


We thank all that continue to support NECA’s legislative activity to better the industry. We also thank those that were able to attend and represent the Chapter during the Conference and legislative visits!


The Joint Office provides technical assistance, analysis, and support to states and localities to help modernize the nation’s transportation system and give Americans the option to choose electric vehicles and save money fueling their vehicles. Learn more at DriveElectric.gov.


Sign up to receive regular communications about Joint Office vacancy announcements, webinars, news, funding opportunities, and thought leadership pieces on creating a future where everyone can ride and drive electric.

Webinar Agenda

·   Welcome and Introduction: Joint Office of Energy and Transportation

·   EV Charging Station Design Approaches and Best Practices

·   Facilitated Q&A.


Steve Lommele, interim communications and stakeholder engagement lead for the Joint Office, will moderate the webinar and take audience questions. You can ask questions ahead of time by placing them in the "Questions & Comments" field on the Zoom webinar registration form.

Webinar Discussing the State of the Practice in Electric Vehicle Charging Station Site Design (April 4, 2023)

The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (Joint Office) will host a webinar on April 4, 2023, 2–3 p.m. ET discussing the State of the Practice in Electric Vehicle Charging Station Site Design. National experts will discuss key considerations in the design of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, such as:

·   Accessibility

·   Security

·   Parking

·   Operations

·   Maintenance.


The purpose is to inform state and local agencies, site hosts, utilities, and other stakeholders on approaching the design of EV charging stations that conform to National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program requirements.


Participants will leave the webinar with a better understanding of best practices around EV charging site design. This is the second of four webinars related to EV charging station site design. Download a recording of the March 23, 2023 webinar on site evaluation.


Register now.

Abbey Resort

Abbey Springs Golf Course


The tentative schedule is as follows:


Wednesday, June 7, 2023


Golf Outing - Shotgun Start

11:00 A.M. -

Abbey Springs Golf Course

1 Country Club Dr, Fontana, WI 53125

(262) 275-6113


Hotel Registration 

Abbey Resort - 269 Fontana Blvd, Fontana, WI 53125

(262) 275-9000

4:00 P.M.



7:00 P.M. - Abbey Resort

Harbor Patio


Membership Dinner Meeting

7:45 P.M. - Abbey Resort

Sand Bar


Thursday, June 8, 2023



8:30 A.M. - Abbey Resort

Wisconsin Ballroom


Business Session:

9:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. - Abbey Resort

Wisconsin Ballroom


Hotel Checkout

11:00 A.M.

ECA 51st Annual Spring Conference - June 7 - 8, 2023 -

Registration is Open!

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) 51st Annual Spring Conference will be held on June 7 - 8, 2023 at The Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wisconsin. The Abbey Resort is ninety acres of unending lakeside experiences, as it is the only full-service resort on the shores of Lake Geneva, The Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wisconsin offers unique activities from lakeside dining to make and take events, along with resort amenities such as indoor and outdoor pools, family activities, live music, and of course, their full-service Avani Spa. We’re sure that this is reason enough to attend this Conference. 

The Membership Golf Outing is at Abbey Springs on Wednesday morning with an 11:00 am Shotgun Start. Wednesday night’s reception/dinner meeting will provide you with the latest information regarding industry events. The Thursday morning Business Session is being defined. This conference is a great opportunity to catch up with what’s going on in this constantly changing industry.


Please plan to attend the Electrical Contractors’ Association 51st Annual Spring Conference. The tentative schedule of events is listed, as well as a link to Register. You may also visit the ECA website at: www.ecachicago.com to register.

ECA 51st Annual Spring Conference

Wednesday, June 7, 2023 -

Thursday, June 8, 2023

The Abbey Resort

269 Fontana Blvd.

Fontana, WI 53125

(262) 275-9000


In order to ensure room availability, please Register no later than

April 28, 2023.

Elbert “Bert” Walters, III,

Executive Director of Powering Chicago

Rob Johnson,

Founder, Rob Johnson Comnunications

ECA Regular Membership Meeting -

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

"How a Firm Can Benefit from Participation with Powering Chicago"

Please join us for the ECA Regular Membership Meeting.

This luncheon event is scheduled as follows:

ECA Membership Meeting

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Shaw's Crab House

1900 East Higgins Road

Schaumburg, IL

(847) 517-2722

Registration / Networking: 12:00 pm

Lunch: 12:30 pm

Business Session: 1:15 pm

Event Concludes: 2:00 pm

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) March Membership Meeting is to be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at Shaw's Crab House in Schaumburg, IL.

The session will feature Industry updates, as well as presentations from Rob Johnson, Rob Johnson Communications and Elbert Walters, III, Powering Chicago Executive Director. Their focus for this session is , "How your firm can benefit from participation with Powering Chicago!"

We do hope that you'll join us for this opportunity to meet and network with your peers in the industry! You can register on the ECA website / link or give the office a call at: (708) 531-0022.


Register Soon!

CISCO Annual Meeting

April 21, 2023

The Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) Annual Luncheon is scheduled as follows:


Friday, April 21, 2023

11:00 am - Registration

12:00 pm - Program / Lunch


Schaumburg, IL


Guest Presenter:

Dan Seals, CEO of Intersect Illinois.

Intersect Illinois: Public Private Partnership Focused on Global Business Development for Illinois.

Pictured above is Dan Doyon,

Maxim Consulting Company


"Key Performance Indicators (KPI): Using Lagging Information to Create Leading Indicators -

April 23, 2023

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee seminar called, "Key Performance Indicators (KPI): Using Lagging Information to Create Leading Indicators" is being conducted by Dan Doyon, Maxim Consulting Company.  The program will be held on a Thursday, April 13, 2023 from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel, 2301 York Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523, (630) 571-0000. Breakfast is to be made available at 7:45 am.





ECA / NECA Safety Forum

-- “Fall Protection & Prevention for the Electrical Worker” --

NECA Safety Meeting App Update

Friday, April 28, 2023 

You are invited to attend a Joint Safety Forum hosted by the Safety Committee's of the Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) and the Northeastern Illinois Chapter of NECA , as well as by PowerForward DuPage. The Forum is to focus on "Fall Protection and Prevention for the Electrical Worker" and a NECA Safety Meeting App update.


There is no cost to attend this event, but advance registration is required. This program is complimentary to ECA members..


To register, please click on the link below.

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!



8:00AM - Dave Carl, President of Safety Meeting App will give a 30-minute presentation on the Safety Meeting App founded in 2012 when most companies were still completing safety meetings by pen and paper. The Safety Meeting App has been partnering with NECA Chapters since 2014 and has over 1,400 safety topics including Lockout Tagout, Energized Electrical Work Permit and Shock and Arc-Flash Risk Assessment. It is an OSHA-compliant safety tool for documenting safety meetings, completing checklists and logging accidents.


8:30AM – The Construction Safety Council will deliver an informative 2-hour presentation that addresses workplace hazards presented by ladders, overhead platforms, scaffolding, and holes in floors, walls, and ceilings.


Our presenter, Timothy E. Janis, MBA, CHST is a safety professional with 30 years of experience in the construction industry. As a trainer for the Construction Safety Council, he supports employers and employees by developing and delivering safety training programs that reduce the incidence of occupational injuries. He is a subject matter expert on local and federal regulations, as well as field-based best practices. 


Pictured above is Jim Johannemann,

NECA Estimating Training Faculty Member


"Basic Estimating of Electrical Construction" - May 8 - 10, 2023

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee workshop called, "Basic Estimating of Electrical Construction" is being conducted by Jim Johannemann, NECA Estimating Training Faculty Member, and the program will be held on Monday through Wednesday, May 8 - 10, 2023 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. (all three days) at the Hyatt Lodge Hotel, 2815 Jorie Blvd., Oak Brook, IL 60523, (630) 568-1234. Breakfast and lunch are to be provided.




CEE Technical Forum and Tabletop Tradeshow

CEE Technical Forum and Tabletop Tradeshow

Monday, May 1, 2023

Union League Club

65 W. Jackson Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60604



3:45pm Check-In Opens (Crystal Room), Exhibitor Set-up on 2nd Floor

4:15pm ComEd Presentation and Discussion Technical Forum Begins (Crystal Room) 

5:15pm Following Tech Forum, CEE Scholarship & Awards Presentation 

5:30pm Tradeshow Opens: 2nd Floor, featuring a complimentary light dinner buffet, open bar, and raffle prizes 

7:00pm PDH’s are available for pick up at 2nd floor registration desk 

7:30pm Event Concludes

EXHIBITORS: LIMITED TABLETOPS AND SPONSORSHIPS STILL AVAILABLE We are excited to return this in-person exhibiting opportunity for EA members. This event hosts electrical engineers, specifiers, project managers and designers from the area's largest firms. Engineers attend a technical forum in the afternoon and then gather in the Union League Club’s main ballroom for the table top tradeshow.


This is one of the premiere customer networking events of the year. The CEE invites not only their members to this event, but also electrical engineers and end-users from our region. This is an exclusive EA member event! Exhibitors must be corporate members of the Electric Association to participate in this show. 


Exhibitor Rate ($875) Registration includes six foot table and entrance for 2 exhibitor attendees.  Tabletop Tradeshow Exhibit Registration is open to Electric Association Members in good standing only.


EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION: Click here to register to exhibit and/or sponsor at the CEE Tabletop Tradeshow on May 1


ATTENDEES: Join us at the premiere professional networking and educational event of the Consulting Electrical Engineers (CEE) division of the Electric Association! This event is FREE to Electrical Engineers, Designers, Contractors, Architects, and Specifiers. You do not have to be a CEE member to participate! Utilize this opportunity to obtain important Professional Development Hours, network with peers from the industry, and discover the latest in electrical, lighting, and communication products & technology! TWO Professional Development Hour Certificates are awarded for this event.


The CEE 2023 Technical Forum with feature a presentation from Steven Kirk, Sr. Manager of New Business for ComEd. Don't miss this informative presentation and interactive discussion!


ENGINEER ATTENDEE REGISTRATION: Click here to register to attend the CEE Technical Forum and Tradeshow on May 1 (Electrical Engineers, Designers, Contractors, Architects, and Specifiers ONLY.)

Register for the IMSCA Lobby Day --

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

IMSCA’s 2023 Lobby Day event will be held on Wednesday, April 26th at the Sangamo Club located at 227 E. Adams Street, Springfield, IL.


Lobby Day activities will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. and will include an abbreviated Board and Membership Meeting and a Special Guest Speaker (TBA). Lobby Day attendees will receive an overview of current legislation being considered by the Illinois General Assembly that has an impact on the Illinois construction industry. Most importantly, attendees will have the opportunity to visit their State Senators and Representatives at the Illinois State Capitol to discuss important legislative matters. Lunch will be provided upon arrival. This year’s event will also include a “Construction Industry Legislative Reception” co-hosted by the Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association (IMSCA) and the Illinois Construction Industry Committee (ICIC) from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., also at the Sangamo Club.


All IMSCA members are encouraged to attend this event to discuss issues important to the Illinois construction industry with your legislators. Please click the link below for the Lobby Day Registration Form. Please return the registration form by email to sarah@ccepil.comThe deadline to register for Lobby Day and the Legislative Reception is Friday, April 14. For the convenience of our out of town guests, we are working diligently to secure a block of hotel rooms. Hotel accommodation details are forthcoming.

For the convenience of our out of town members who plan to attend IMSCA Lobby Day on April 26th, a block of rooms have been secured at the President Abraham Lincoln – a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, located at 701 E. Adams Street in Springfield at a rate of $119 plus tax. Overnight accommodations can be made by calling (217) 544-8800, ask for reservations and use the group code MSC. Alternatively, you can also make reservations by clicking this link: IMSCA Room Block Link The deadline to reserve your hotel room at our special rate is midnight on April 12, 2023.


If you have any questions or need additional details, please don’t hesitate to contact:

Jessica Newbold Hoselton

Executive Director

Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association (IMSCA)

P: 217.523.4361

M: 217.891.3675


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.


IMSCA Legislative Update

March 17, 2023

Please click the link for MSCA’s March 17th Legislative Update. This report includes a status update on IMSCA’s legislative initiative, SB 133. A summary of additional legislative items that remain active is also included. The House and Senate return to Springfield next week (March 21 – 24) for legislative session. 

If you have any questions, please contact: Jessica Newbold Hoselton, Executive Director, Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association (IMSCA) at: (217) 523-4361.


ECA 2023 Educational / 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.


After you have registered for the applicable event, please e-mail a copy of your completed registration transaction to the Association office at registration@ecachicago.com.  This will allow us to have a record of your registration information, should you need any assistance after registering.

ECA Chicago's DEI Workshop Series Continues on

May 16, 2023!

  Who Should Attend? Company Executives, Senior leadership, Division Managers, and anyone leading a team within your Company



Tuesday, May 16, 2023

3:00pm - 5:00pm Workshop

5:00 - 6:00pm - Happy Hour and

continued discussion on learning outcomes

in relaxed environment.




2715 Jorie Blvd, Oak Brook, IL 60523


CBC Merit Awards Event

Thursday, May 11, 2023

5:30 - 9:00 pm

Morgan Manufacturing

401 North Morgan Street

Chicago, IL 60642

There are a limited number (4) of VIP Seating pods available and they are on a first come first serve basis.

Tickets (include cocktails and reception-style banquet):

CBC Member – $250 (Reserved Table of 10 - $2,500)

Non-Member – $300 (Reserved Table of 10 - $3000)

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.


April 12, 2023

ECA Regular Membership Meeting

Shaw's Crab House

Schaumburg, IL

April 13, 2023

"Key Performance Indicators (KPI): Using Lagging Information to Create Leading Indicators"

Drake Oak Brook Hotel

Oak Brook, IL

April 16 - 17, 2023

WIN / FL Conference

JW Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa

San Antonio, TX

April 17 - 19, 2023


JW Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa

San Antonio, TX

April 21, 2023

CISCO Annual Luncheon

Maggiano's - Schaumburg, IL

April 26, 2023

IMSCA Lobby Day

Springfield, IL

April 27, 2023

"Empower Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2023"

Sean Samson Training, Ltd.

Session 4

Hyatt Lodge

Oak Brook, IL

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