ECA Chicago

                  APRIL 2020
Upcoming Events

We hope that you will be able to attend these events: 

April 8, 2020
ECA Membership Meeting

April 15, 2020
"How to Design Your Company's Internal Processes for Maximizing Profitability" Seminar

May 13, 2020
ECA Membership Meeting
Ocean Prime Restaurant
Chicago, IL

May 20 - 21, 2020
Advanced Estimating Workshop
Drake Oak Brook Hotel
Oak Brook, IL

May 22, 2020
ECA President's Party
Crystal Gardens
Navy Pier
Chicago, IL

May 27, 2020
ECA Young Professionals
Renewable Energy - 
Energy Storage Discussion/ INTECH Tour
Alsip, IL

June 1, 2020
ECA Golf Outing
Kemper Lakes Golf Club
Kildeer, IL

Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago


Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA

Phone:  708-531-0022
Fax:  708-531-0071

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Stay up to date on the latest changes for our Industry including news releases, workplace safety and preparation guidelines, OSHA alerts, and more that affect electrical contractors in Chicago and Cook County.


ECA March Membership Meeting
- IMSCA Update
- INTECH Update
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its March Membership meeting on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at the Gene & Georgetti's in Rosemont, IL.

Pictured above from left to right are:
Gene Kent, IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) Director,
Jessica Newbold Hoselton, Illinois Mechancial & Specialty Contractors Association (IMSCA) and
Rick Jamerson, ECA President, 
Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc.

Young Professionals of ECA 
The next Young Professionals event is scheduled for May 27, 2020 at the IBEW-NECA Technical (INTECH) in Alsip, Illinois.   The event is to include a facility tour of the school, as well as a discussion on renewable energy and energy storage.  Registration coming soon to:

ECA President's Party
-Frid ay, May 22, 2020

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) will be holding its Annual "President's Party" at Navy Pier's Crystal Gardens.  The President's Party will feature cocktails, dinner and live entertainment beneath the canopy of trees and twinkling lights of Navy Pier's Crystal Gardens.  Guests are also invited to ride Nacy Pier's new Ferris wheel, known as the "Centennial Wheel," which is 196 feet tall with 42 gondolas and is the sixth-tallest Ferris wheel in the United States.  After dinner, members and guests can dance and enjoy the banter of Howl at the Moon Dueling Piano's!  Special event discounted rate offered by Hotel W Lakeshore for that evening.  Invitations coming soon!  We will be accepting registrations later in the Spring at:

Pictured above are the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier.
NECA IIT Student Chapter 
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Student Committee sponsored a NECA IIT Student Chapter meeting at the IIT Smart Tech Lab on March 5, 2020. The meeting was highlighted by two presentations from representatives from Kelso-Burnett Co. - Jack Smith and Steve Awe.  Mr. Smith discussed "Project Management" issues and Mr. Awe focused on solar / photovoltaic issues. 
Pictured from left to right are:
Dr. Dan Tomal, IIT Facilitator,
Jack Smith and Steve Awe, Kelso-Burnett Co.

ECA Golf Outing
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) is pleased to present a special event in lieu of the ECA Annual Spring Conference. The event is the "ECA Golf Outing." This is an opportunity for Chapter members to not only participate in a complimentary golf outing on June 1, 2020 at Kemper Lakes Golf Club, 24000 N. Old McHenry Road in Kildeer, Illinois, which includes use of a driving range, lunch, food and beverages on the course, cocktails and dinner, networking and a raffle; but, an opportunity to contribute to the NECAPAC.

Midwestern Region NECA Spring Conference

Registration for the Midwestern Region NECA Spring Conference is now open.  The event will be held June 13 - 17, 2020 at the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Spring, Colorado.  We hope that you're able to attend.  Please click on the link below for registration.
NECA Premier Partners
-- United Rentals

NECA's Premier Partner sponsorship program connects NECA members to the leading companies in the electrical construction industry.  It represents the most comprehensive business-to-business marketing and sales opportunity ever presented to reach the $160 billion electrical construction industry.  Premier Partners of NECA showcase their brands, products and services in the electrical construction industry through hundreds of NECA events, publications and digital platforms year-round, including the annual NECA Convention and Trade Show, the industry's premier trade show and gathering. The Chicago and Cook County Chapter, NECA will focus on each NECA Premier Partner over the coming months.  This month's focus will be on United Rentals.

NECA 2020 Convention Coming to Chicago

As a reminder, the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Convention & Trade Show will be held in Chicago at McCormick Place on October 3 - 6, 2020!  Convention registration will begin on June 4, 2020.  The Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA is to have a "Welcome to Chicago Party" on Friday, October 2, 2020 at the United Club space at Soldier Field.  The "Rebuilding Chicago Together" charity will be promoted throughout the Convention with opportunities for involvement from NECA Chapters throughout the nation.  An Apprenticeship Challenge is being formulated with the assistance of INTECH and Powering Chicago.  More details regarding the Special programming / Convention activities will be announced through the coming months.  We hope that you are able to participate with the Convention's many seminars, educational programming, guest presenter sessions, the Opening Event at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, among many other areas. 

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.  

Program Rules and Information:

To be eligible, a NECA member must have performed the installation. It must have been completed between Jan. 1, 2019 and Dec. 31, 2019. The deadline for submissions for the 2020 Project Excellence Awards is April 30.
IMSCA Raffle

The Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association Political Action Committee's (IMSCA-PAC's) 2020 fundraising effort is underway!  SEVEN 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 (Date TBA).  This prize also includes parking passes (Value: $1,100.00).  Donated by Tom Morton, LLD Electric Company.
  • Penthouse Suite at the United Center to watch the Chicago Bulls (Date TBA).  This prize includes 12 tickets and 4 parking spaces.  Food and drink available for purchase (Value: $1,600.00).  Donated by Underground Contractors Association of Illinois.
  • FOUR tickets to cheer on the Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues at the United Center (Date 2020-2021 TBA).  These are 200 Club Level seats with parking passes (Value: $750.00).  Donated by Jim McGlynn, McWilliams Electric Company.
  • $500 Amazon gift card.  Donated by Illinois Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association.
  • $500 Cabela's gift card.  Donated by Electrical Contractors Association of Chicago.
  • $500 Best Buy gift card.  Donated by PCA of Greater Chicago.
  • $500 StubHub gift card.  Donated by SMACNA Greater Chicago.
This is a great fundraiser package containing something for everyone.  The winning tickets will be drawn at IMSCA's Board and Membership meeting on June 10, 2020.  The winners do not need to be present to win. 
ECA Educational Stipends & "Save the Dates" for  Special Events for 2020 
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Executive Committee has extended a number of educational stipends for many special programs / conferences throughout 2020.  All stipends / reimbursements are made after each conference with registration confirmation(s) forwarded to ECA.

Listed below are the stipend opportunities:

NECA Safety Professionals Conference 
The ECA Executive Committee approved the educational stipends of the Registration fees for up to two representatives and their guest and/or spouse, if applicable, of participating ECA member firms for the NECA Safety Professionals Conference - May 18 - 20, 2020 in Scottsdale, AZ.

NECA Midwest Region Conference 
The ECA Executive Committee approved the educational stipends of the Registration fees and a flat fee stipend of $800.00 for up to two representatives and their guest and/or spouse, if applicable, of participating ECA member firms for the NECA Midwest Region Conference on June 13 - 17, 2020 in Colorado Springs, CO.
NECA Convention 
The ECA Executive Committee approved the educational stipends of the Registration fees for up to two representatives and their guest and/or spouse, if applicable, of participating ECA member firms for the NECA Convention on October 3 - 6, 2020 in Chicago, IL.

Save the Dates for these Special Events 

President's Party
Friday, May 22, 2020
Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier - Chicago
ECA Golf Outing
June 1, 2020 
Location:  Kemper Lakes Golf Club
End of Summer Social Event
Friday, August 14, 2020
Theater on the Lake - Chicago
Air and Water Show rehearsal
ECA hosts "Welcome to Chicago Party" at Soldier Field
Friday, October 2, 2020
2020 NECA Convention
ECA Christmas Party
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Location TBD - Chicago 
Safety Update
--CSC March Schedule
For a listing of coursework available through the Construction Safety Council (CSC) for the month of March, please click on the link: 

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.  This event presents an opportunity to network with other electrical industry safety professionals, receive continuing education units for attending educational sessions specifically geared towards your line of work and provide you with an opportunity to update your knowledge of current regulatory and industry best practices.

Registration is now open.  Visit for additional details. Don't miss your opportunity to receive the latest industry information and stay up-to-date with safety!
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