ECA Industry Update
ECA Vision for the Future -
Strategic Planning Project
The ECA has recently begun its ECA Vision for the Future 2020 project. This strategic planning project involves research and feedback from the membership, and a strategic planning session to guide the years to come. 

Fairly soon, you, as well as all key contacts from the ECA membership, will receive this survey designed by our partner in this, The Learning Studio. Please look for this survey link and take a few moments to complete the survey to provide us the valuable member feedback we need.  Also, please forward to others in your office you feel would benefit the ECA from their input.
Annual Paddy's Day Luncheon
Due to recent COVID-19 announcements and event cancellations, the Paddy's Day Lunch has officially been POSTPONED.

ECA will send an update once this has been formally rescheduled.

NECA WINFL Conference
One Conference - One Fee - 
3 Full Days
The Women in NECA and Future Leaders (WINFL) Leadership Conference will be held March 17-19, 2020 at The Grand Hyatt Tampa in Tampa, Fla. The newly combined conference features three full days of education and breakout sessions including featured speakers, group discussions and networking opportunities for both groups, plus a company tour of NECA member MJM Electric facilities.
IMSCA Lobby Day
March 24, 2020
Lobby Day will coincide with IMSCA’s quarterly Board and Membership meeting at 11:00 a.m. at The Inn at 835 located at 835 South 2 nd Street, Springfield, IL. Lobby Day activities will begin at 12:00 p.m.  Lunch will be provided prior to heading to the Illinois State Capitol to lobby legislators. This year’s event will also include a joint IMSCA and ICIC Legislative Reception starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Sangamo Club located at 227 East Adams Street in Springfield. The deadline to register for Lobby Day is Friday, March 13 th

CISCO Annual Luncheon
April 24, 2020
The Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) is pleased to announce that their guest speaker for the CISCO 2020 Annual Luncheon will be City of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. The program is to be held at the Local 134 IBEW Hall in Chicago. Please register soon!

"Electrical Management Essentials: Finance, Insurance & Legal"
April 24, 2020
"Electrical Management Essentials: Finance, Insurance & Legal"

This one-day class, designed specifically for NECA’s small and medium-sized contractors, will bring in three experts to discuss the essential elements of finance, insurance and risk, and legal issues that all contractors need to know. On the financial side, the experts will examine topics such as indirect costs, work in process, financial statements, and profit fade. They will cover key protections for managing your risk and the essential insurance policies you must have. And finally, they will discuss important changes to overtime laws, guidance for drafting and interpreting product and services contracts, and provide you with best practices for workplace investigations. 

The program will be held on April 24, 2020 at the Westin Hotel in Itasca, Illinois. Registration information is to follow soon!
Rebuilding Together Chicago Annual Build Day: April 25, 2020
The LMCC Chicago, a joint labor management committee working together to promote a stronger union electrical construction industry, is extending an invitation to you to partner with them in the annual Rebuild Together event.
2020 Project Excellence Awards
NECA began accepting submissions for the 2020 Project Excellence Awards Program on January 1, 2020. These prestigious awards recognize NECA member companies for their outstanding commitment, professionalism and ingenuity in delivering an electrical project across 12 different market sectors.

Submissions for projects completed in 2019 will be accepted until April 30, 2020. 
NECA Legislative Conference
April 27- 30, 2020
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Washington, D.C.
The NECA 2020 National Legislative Conference  is the premiere legislative event for electrical contractors to hear about top issues affecting our industry and meet the leaders who are working to provide real solutions.  The NECA Legislative Conference is to be held April 27 - April 30, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

NECA Safety Professionals Conference
May 18 - 20, 2020 
Join NECA and the electrical industry's leading safety experts at the premier safety event,  NECA Safety Professionals Conference , presented by  NECA Premier Partner Westex by Milliken .
The conference is scheduled May 18 - 20, 2020 in Scottsdale, AZ.  Registration is now open.  Visit for additional details.

Emerald Awards
May 21, 2020 
The Illinois Green Alliance is proud to announce that submissions are now open for their 15 th Annual Awards program . The Emerald Awards recognize outstanding individuals, organizations, corporations, projects, and technologies implemented in Illinois which advance both buildings and communities to become more sustainable, prosperous and healthy.   The Emerald Awards Ceremony is to be held this year on May 21 st  at Convene in Chicago and will be an opportunity to celebrate and highlight the exemplary commitments and achievements taking place in Illinois in transforming the built environment by engaging, educating and empowering sustainable communities.   Emerald Awardees can include, but are not limited to, architects, engineers, contractors, developers, design teams, community organizers, schools, governmental entities, non-profit organizations, and beyond.   Nominations are open through March 20, 2020.

IMSCA-PAC Raffle 2020 -
Tickets Now Available
The Illinois Mechanical and Specialty Contractors Association (IMSCA) is the lobbying entity that the Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) utilizes in regard to issues concerning the Illinois General Assembly. The IMSCA Political Action Committee (IMSCA-PAC) has begun their 2020 fundraising effort. THANKS to the generosity of IMSCA members for prize donations, SEVEN RAFFLE WINNERS will be drawn this year! Tickets are $50 each.  
NECA 2020 Midwestern Region Conference
June 14 - 17, 2020  
The NECA 2020 Midwestern Region Conference is scheduled for June 14 - 17, 2020 at the Broadmoor Resort, Colorado Springs, CO. There is a special stipend for this event. Please register, soon!

ECA Educational / Special Program Stipends for 2020  
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Executive Committee has extended a number of educational / special program stipends for many programs / conferences throughout 2020. All stipends / reimbursements are made after each conference with registration confirmation(s) forwarded to ECA.

Illinois Department of Human Rights Releases Compliance Guidelines for Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) launched an information-based webpage concerning Public Act 101-0221 (commonly referred to as the Workplace Transparency Act), a law that requires all Illinois employers to provide sexual harassment prevention training to their employees on an annual basis.

Here is a link to the full article in regard to the guidelines:
Save the Dates
May 22, 2020
Crystal Gardens - Navy Pier

June 1, 2020
Kemper Lakes

August 14, 2020
Air and Water Show Rehearsal
Lakeside Theater
Chicago, IL