ECA News & Events Update
ECA NECAPAC Golf Outing -- 8/23/21

Last Chance to Register!
The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) is pleased to present a special event called, “ECA NECAPAC Golf Outing.” This is an opportunity for Chapter members to not only participate in a golf outing on August 23, 2021 at Olympia Fields Country Club, 2800 Country Club Drive, Olympia Fields, IL 60461, (708) 748-0495 which includes lunch, food and beverages on the course, cocktails and reception, networking and fun giveaways; but, an opportunity to contribute to the NECAPAC.

You can also make a Company contribution to the NECA Administrative Fund if you are not comfortable donating personally to the PAC Fund. Learn more below.....
CDB Outreach Event (8/25/21)
The Capital Development Board (CDB) is hosting a construction outreach event on August 25, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The event will be held at the University of Illinois-Springfield campus, Student Union Building, 2nd Floor Ballrooms, 2251 Richard Wright Drive, Springfield, IL 62703.

This event is an in-person networking session to learn more about upcoming project opportunities with the CDB. The CDB will review major project bid opportunities that will be available over the next 18 months in Central Illinois with a total value of over half billion dollars. In addition to learning more about upcoming bid opportunities, attendees will receive information on CDB’s registration and pre-qualification processes, review delivery methods for these upcoming projects, and will have the opportunity to network with BEP/FEP and other partners.

Seating is limited and RSVP’s are required. RSVP to Jesse Martinez by emailing: Masks will be required regardless of vaccination status.

IMSCA is co-hosting this event along with the Central Illinois Builders Association and the Southern Illinois Builders Association. IMSCA encourages its members to attend this productive and informative event. Please click on the link for further details.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training for Electrical Contractors
Register for Session 2: September 14th
Virtual Webinar: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Presented by Alex Willis, Leadership Surge

ECA Chicago is pleased to continue Leadership Surge’s EMPOWER U diversity, equity and inclusion training program specifically designed for electrical contractors. 

ECA Chicago recognizes that diversity strengthens our workforce, benefits our communities and makes our industry stronger and more competitive. ECA is pleased to partner with Leadership Surge, a training and development firm who works with frontline leaders on developing awareness, understanding and proficiencies in diversity, equity and inclusion. We kicked off our year long program on May 5 with the 4 Lenses Personality Training as our first session.

If you missed Session #1 - you can log-into the ECA website and visit the "Member Education and Webinar Recordings" under the Industry Resources section. The first webinar is available to view, as well as the weekly activities provided for your office over the summer.

ELECTRI Council Room (8/25/21)
TAXES, TAXES EVERYWHERE… ELECRI International is pleased to announce that their August 25th Council Room will feature a discussion on Tax Strategies to Help Increase Cash Flow. Council member company Moss Adams will lead us through the opportunities for businesses to save money and increase cash flow using tax credits and incentives. We will review tax strategies business leaders can use to their advantage including the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) which came about as a result of the pandemic and older tax credit programs like Research and Development Tax Credits (R&D). We will hear directly from electrical contractors around the country to learn how they are leveraging tax credits and incentives to help bolster their business. 

Contact ELECTRI to request the zoom link invitation:
NECA Safety Meeting App Update(s)
The NECA Safety App delivers a robust, useful array of functional components that directly address contractors' needs in the field. Just recently, with the knowledge and expertise of NECA's Michael Johnston (NECA, Executive Director, Codes and Standards) and Jim Dollard (IBEW Local 98 Safety Coordinator, Retired), the NECA Safety App was expanded to include three essential components that focus specifically on employer requirements in NFPA 70E. The app will now provide components that provide a required set of procedures for:
  • Lockout Tagout Processes (LOTO)
  • Developing a Required Energized Electrical Work Permit (EEWP)
  • Performing a Shock and Arc-flash Risk Assessment (SAFRA)
All are required by NFPA 70E to align with OSHA regulations.
October 9 - 12, 2021 -- NASHVILLE
Register Today!
The NECA Show will prepare you for the future of the electrical construction industry. You’ll find a wide range of educational opportunities on the trade show floor with sessions on everything from leadership to growing your business to the latest innovations. Learn from the experts, see and touch the newest products and services and plan for tomorrow. This is the place to learn how electrical professional’s work is changing. The Convention is available in a hybrid format so you can get the best of Nashville live and "in person" AND ensure you don’t miss anything by catching up virtually. More information can be found at:, as well as the link below.
ECA Regular Membership Meeting - Thursday, 9/9/2021
Please join us for the ECA Regular Membership Meeting.
The event is scheduled as follows:

ECA Membership Meeting
(In conjunction with EA Annual Conference)
Thursday, September 9, 2021
Drury Lane Conf. Ctr.
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
(630) 530-0111

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm - Registration / Networking
12:15 pm - Lunch
1:00 pm - Business Session / Guest Presentations
1:30 pm - Event Concludes

The luncheon program will feature industry updates, and guest presentations from representatives of:

Electric Association (EA) -- (Ali Novinger),
Construction Safety Council (CSC) -- (Bob Lahey) and the
Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) --
(Dan Allen).

The program is to re-familiarize you with these groups, as well as learn of upcoming events. If you're not active with any of these groups, we hope that this will encourage you and those in your company to participate!
Michael McLin is a Managing Director at Maxim Consulting Group.
"Ownership Transition Management Succession" - 9/15/2021
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee is pleased to announce a webinar called, "Ownership Transition Management Succession." The seminar is being conducted by Michael McLin, Maxim Consulting Group. The program will be held on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 from 8:00 am. to 12:00 pm. at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel, 2301 York Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523, (630) 571-0000Breakfast is to be provided starting at 7:45 am.
A focus on compliance with Workers Compensation issues, OSHA Logs and documents, and Incident investigations presented by Anthony J. Cacchillo, Esq., Cacchillo Law Group LLC.

This session will feature a discussion regarding work after COVID issues presented by an John Dimos, an Industrial Hygienist and a Construction Safety Council Instructor.
ECA Safety Committee Seminar -
"Worker Comp Issues / Work after COVID" - 9/30/2021
The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Safety Committee is proud to sponsor a special two-part program that is complimentary to ECA members, as follows:
DATE: Thursday, September 30, 2021
TIME: 8:00 am - 10:00 am (Breakfast begins at 7:45 am)
LOCATION: Drake Oak Brook Hotel - 2301 York Road, Oak Brook, IL.

Please contact the ECA at: (708) 531-0022 with any questions.  
NECA Safety Leadership Summit
Save the Dates!
NECA Safety Leadership Summit is scheduled for
November 1 - 3, 2021 at the Loews Hotel in Chicago.
2021 ECA
Meeting Calendar /
"In-Person" Educational Programs /
Stipend Availability
Please click on the links for the ECA 2021 Membership Meeting Schedule and the ECA Educational Program Schedule. Please click on the link for the ECA Educational / Conference Stipends listing for 2021.

Please visit the ECA website for Registration / information regarding the above programs.
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.

NECA Government Affairs Update (8/13/2021)
Please click on the link for a NECA Government Affairs update (8/13/2021). Highlights include the following:


(Promoting Opportunities in Skilled Trades)
COVID-19 Resources for ECA members:
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.

August 23, 2021
Olympia Fields Country Club

August 26-27, 2021
The Journeyman Hotel, Milwaukee, WI

Thursday, September 9, 2021
Drury Lane Conference Center
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
(In conjunction with Electric Association Annual Conference)

September 14, 2021
Presented by Alex Willis, Leadership Surge
Zoom Webinar - 1:00-2:00PM

September 15, 2021
Drake Oak Brook Hotel

September 30, 2021
"Workers Comp Issues / Work after COVID"
Drake Oak Brook Hotel

October 9 - 12, 2021
Nashville, TN