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                           MARCH 2019
Upcoming Events

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

March 13, 2019
ECA Regular 
Membership Meeting
Union League Club of Chicago
Chicago, IL


March 15, 2019
65th Annual 
Paddy's Day Luncheon
Chicago Hilton & Towers
Chicago, IL



March 19, 2019
IMSCA Lobby Day
The Inn at 835
Springfield, IL



March 27, 2019
Project Scheduling and Time Management Made Easy Seminar
Drake Oak Brook Hotel
Oak Brook, IL



April 10, 2019
ECA Regular 
Membership Meeting
Gene & Georgetti's 
Rosemont, IL



April 15 - 18, 2019
Basic Electrical 
Estimating Workshop
Drake Oak Brook Hotel
Oak Brook, IL



April 29 - 30, 2019
NECA Legislative Conference
Washington, D.C.
REGISTER SOON!



May 15 - 16, 2019
"Agile Construction
101 Classes"
Crowne Plaza
Northbrook, IL
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.



May 17,  2019
"Agile Construction -
A Path to 
Industrialization"
Symposium
Crowne Plaza


Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago

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Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA


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

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February Membership Meeting Highlights
 
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its February Membership Meeting on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Maggiano's Banquets in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Pictured above from left to right are:
Richard Jamerson, ECA President, 
Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc.,
Ryan James Boyle and Michael Nieves, Northern Trust .

ECA Student Committee Update

The ECA Student Committee oversees the activities of the NECA IIT Student Chapter.  The Student Chapter is currently participating with the NECA Green Energy Challenge.  This year's challenge will focus on an energy audit of Provident Hospital in Chicago. 

Pictured above are the students at Provident Hospital at a pre-planning meeting.

ECA Programming for 2019

The ECA Research and Education Committee has coordinated an ambitious schedule for 2019.  Please click on the link below for the Program Schedule.  Registration Forms / Information for these events are on the ECA website in the Community Events area.  Also, initial registrations for any seminar is limited to four per member firm; however, if there are spots still available close to a seminar date, the waiting list will be reviewed.
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"Pre-Planning Beyond the Basics" Seminar
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee held a seminar called, "Pre-Planning - Beyond the Basics" which was held on February 20, 2019 at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel in Oak Brook, Illinois.
Pictured above is Mark Federle, McShane Chair in 
Construction Engineering and Management at Marquette University, 
as he began the seminar.
NECA Programming Updates

2019 Safety Achievement Program

NECA invites member companies to participate in the annual Recognition of Safety Achievement Program. Awards will be presented to top performing organizations in each district based on company size and to all organizations with zero injuries and illness within the reporting year.
2019 recognitions are based on objective criteria available from your OSHA 300 report and worker's compensation insurance provider for the 2018 calendar year.

NOTE: All 2019 users must register for the awards website, any previous year's user accounts have been removed and will need to be re-added.  Deadline is April 30, 2019.

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NECA On-line Project Management Class Available

"Communication Best Practices for Project Managers" discusses the typical types of communications a project manager has and provides strategies to improve those communications. This short, on-demand online course will help improve the effectiveness of the everyday communications electrical project managers have.

Want to participate in the development of NECA's online project management training?
 

You will need your NECA Username and Password for the following links:

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NECA Legislative Conference 
April 29 - 30, 2019

Join us in Washington, DC April 29-30 for NECA's 2019 Legislative Conference. This annual meeting is the premiere legislative conference for electrical contractors to hear about the top issues affecting the industry and to meet the leaders who are working to provide real solutions. This conference is about policy, not partisanship. Accordingly, leading members from both sides of the political aisle will be on hand to brief participants on the latest happenings on Capitol Hill.
 
During the Conference, NECA will use its collective voice to advance its top legislative issues on behalf of our industry. Participants will take part in issue briefings and engage with Members of Congress and Washington insiders while gaining a first-hand perspective on the legislative process. Registrants will have the opportunity to meet with their Members of Congress in their offices as well as legislative leaders at the Congressional Reception at NECA's office on Capitol Hill.
 
STIPEND AVAILABLE FOR THIS SPECIAL EVENT!
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Executive Committee has approved a unique stipend for this event. The Registration Fee will be covered for up to the first ten ECA members that register and attend the Conference. Also, accommodations and airfare expenses for up to $1,000.00 will be included for these individuals. All reimbursements will be made after the Conference.
 
Register Early!
HOTEL REGISTRATIONS MUST BE MADE BY APRIL 5, 2019.
Hotel space is limited!


IMSCA Legislative Updates

IMSCA Lobby Day

IMSCA's 2019 Lobby Day event will be held Tuesday, March 19th.  This year's event will feature guest speakers Senator John Mulroe and Representative Luis Arroyo.  As the sponsors of IMSCA's retainage reform legislation, they will provide their "insider view" of IMSCA's efforts to pass this important legislation. The  Lobby Day will coincide with IMSCA's quarterly Board and Membership meeting at 11:00 a.m. at The Inn.   The Inn is located at 835 South 2 nd Street, Springfield, IL.   Lobby Day activities will begin at 12:00 p.m.   Attendees will receive a legislative overview of current bills being considered and will be reminded of procedures for speaking to elected officials.  Lunch will be provided prior to heading to the Capital 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.  All Lobby Day attendees are welcome and invited to attend the board meeting.  

The deadline to register for Lobby Day is Friday, March 8th

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IMSCAPAC Fundraiser

IMSCA-PAC's 2019 fundraising effort is underway! THANKS to the generosity of our IMSCA members for prize donations, SIX 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 at Soldier Field (Date TBA). This prize also includes parking passes and a $250 Hilton Hotels gift card (Value: $1,300.00). Donated by Tom Morton, LLD Electric Company and SMACNA Greater Chicago.
  • FOUR tickets to cheer on the Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues at the United Center (Date 2019-20 TBA). These are 200 Club Level seats with parking passes. This prize also includes a $250 Hilton Hotels gift card (Value: $750.00). Donated by Jim McGlynn, McWilliams Electric Company and SMACNA Greater Chicago.
  • $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 Midwest/Plumbing Council.
  • $500 Bass Pro Shops gift card. Donated by Illinois Chapter NECA.
 
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 14, 2019. The winners do not need to be present to win. 
 

Area Safety Update

Construction Expo & Safety Conference
 
The Construction Safety Council (CSC) will hold a Construction Expo & Safety Conference on March 4 - 5, 2019 at the Drury Lane Conference Center.   

Executive Committee Stipend:
The ECA Executive Committee recently approved a stipend for this safety conference for the Registration fee for up to two ECA members each per each participating firm.   Reimbursement(s) to the firm(s) will be made after the Conference.

Please click on the link for  Registration information :    www.buildsafe.org.  

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Joint Safety Forum
 
This Joint  Safety event was sponsored by the Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Safety Committee in conjunction with the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA and  the Local Union #701 IBEW Safety Committee.   The event was held on  Friday, February 8, 2019 at the  IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) in  Alsip, Illinois.  This Safety program featured a 4-Hour Silica Program called,  "Controlling Silica Hazards in Construction" and an  eSafetyLine Informational Update.

Pictured from left to right are:
Patrick Foley, Milwaukee Tool, Joe O'Connor, Intec,
Jerry McGlynn, ECA Safety Committee Chairman and
Paul Satti, Construction Safety Council


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CSC March Schedule 
 
For a listing of coursework available through the Construction Safety Council (CSC) for the month of March 2019, please click on the link: www.buildsafe.org. 
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