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                  MARCH 2020
Upcoming Events

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

March 5, 2020
IIT Student Chapter Meeting
"Project Management and
Solar Energy in the Electrical Construction Industry" 
3424 S. State Street
Room 2030


March 11, 2020
ECA Regular Membership Meeting
Gene & Georgetti's 
Rosemont, IL



March 17 - 19, 2020
NECA Women in NECA and FUtire Leaders (WINFL) Conference
Tampa, FL



March 24, 2020
IMSCA Lobby Day
Springfield, IL



March 25, 2020
"Managing Field Productivity"
Workshop
Drake Oak Brook Hotel
Oak Brook, IL 


April 8, 2020
ECA Membership Meeting
Guest Speaker:
Don Finn, Local 134 IBEW
Business Manager
INTECH
6201 W. 115th Street
Alsip, IL


April 15, 2020
"How to Design Your Company's Internal Processes for Maximizing Profitability" Seminar
Drake Oak Brook Hotel
Oak Brook, IL 

Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago

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Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA


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

Please review this month's LiveWire newsletter.  We hope you enjoy the local and national industry updates.   As a reminder, we also invite to join us on Facebook and LinkedIn!  
ECA February Membership Meeting
- Member Milestone
- DOB Commissioner Guest Speaker
 
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its February Membership meeting on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Pictured above from left to right are:
Michael Reynolds, City of Chicago Chief Electrical Inspector,
Judy Frydland, Chicago Department of Buildings Commissioner,
Rick Jamerson, ECA President, 
Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc. and
Steve Diamond, ECA Codes & Standards Committee Chairman,
Malko Communication Services, LLC.

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Young Professionals of ECA 
The Young Professionals Conference was held on February 6 - 7, 2020 at the Westin in Itasca, Illinois.  

Pictured from left to right are:
Josh Bone, NECA Director of Industry Innovation,
Amanda King, Leadership & Development Coach, and
Alex Willis, Leadership Surge. 

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"Reasonable Suspicion" Workshops
 
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee was pleased to present two "Reasonable Suspicion" workshops.  The programs were held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at the Westbrook Conference Center, Westchester, IL.

Pictured above is William Heffernan, 
Employee Resource Systems, Inc., as he began the seminar(s).



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"Pull Planning" Seminar
 
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee sponsored a seminar called, "Pull Planning."  The event was held on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel, Oak Brook, Illinois. 

Pictured above is Mr. Brian Lightner, Maxim Consulting,
 as he began the session.


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NECA IIT Student Chapter 
 
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Student Committee supports the efforts of the NECA IIT Student Chapter.   This is an opportunity for students to become more aware of the opportunities in the electrical construction industry.  

The next NECA IIT Student Chapter meeting is scheduled as follows:

Date:            Thursday, March 5, 2020
Time:             6:30 pm
Location:       IIT Smart Tech Lab  
                      Room 2030
                      3424 S. State Street
                      Chicago, IL 

Featured Presentation:
"Project Management and Solar Energy in the Electrical Construction Industry." 

Guest presenters: 
Jack Smith & Steven Awe
Kelso-Burnett Co.

Registration:
E-mail registration@ecachicago.com with "Student Chapter Meeting - 3/5/2020" in subject line. Please indicate Name & Company within e-mail.

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"Should I Stay or Should I Go" Panel Discussion
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA), in conjunction with a number of area trade associations, assisted in presenting a panel discussion regarding the ups and downs of relocating a business. The program was held on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at the D.O.C. Wine Bar in Lombard, Illinois.

Pictured above is the start of the panel discussion.

NECA Premier Partners
-- Southwire

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 Southwire.


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NECA Committee Appointments 

NECA has announced their Committee appointments for 2020.  The Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA would like to congratulate Mr. Jerry McGlynn, McWilliams Electric Company, Inc. - NECA Safety Task Force and Mr. Scott Rowe, Gibson Electric & Technology Solutions - Technology Systems Integration Task Force.   The Chapter wishes to thank Jerry and Scott for their participation on the national level!

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NECA 2020 Convention Coming to Chicago

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 Reception 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. 

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NECA Legislative Conference

APRIL 27-30, 2020 * MANDARIN ORIENTAL * WASHINGTON, D.C.

Bigger and Better in 2020:

  • More congressional meetings
  • More prestigious keynote speakers
  • More time for registrants to tell lawmakers their stories
  • More updates on legislation
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.   During the conference, participants will use our collective voice to advance NECA's top legislative issues on Capitol Hill. Participants will take part in issue briefings and engage with Members of Congress and Washington DC insiders while gaining a first-hand perspective on the legislative process.

 
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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:
  • Commercial/Institutional
  • Design Build
  • Educational
  • Energy Solutions/        Green Building
  • Healthcare
  • Industrial
  • Low Voltage/   
    Integrated Systems
  • Overhead Transmission
  • Residential
  • Street Lighting/         Traffic Signal
  • Substation/Interconnection
  • Transportation & Infrastructure
Entries 
Entries feature projects small and large, from religious facilities, schools   and universities to hospitals, hotels, commercial office buildings, sports stadiums and large solar installations. 

Submissions for projects completed in 2019 will be accepted until April 30.  

For additional information, including a timeline of the application process, program FAQs, 2019 submissions and award winners archive, and a gallery of all project submissions visit ProjectExcellenceAwards.com »

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.

Contact Mir Mustafa at mmm@necanet.org or 301-215-4556 for additional information.

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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. A detailed agenda will be made available soon.

IMSCA Lobby Day

Lobby Day will coincide with IMSCA's quarterly Board and Membership meeting on March 24, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at The Inn at 835 located at 835 South 2 nd Street, Springfield, IL. 
 

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CISCO Annual Meeting

The Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) held its Annual Meeting on Friday, February 7, 2020 at Maggiano's Banquets in Schaumburg, Illinois.   

Pictured above is Maurice King, CISCO President, Local Union #134 IBEW, 
as he opened the meeting.


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Meeting with Congressman Lipinski

The Electrical Contractors Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Legislative Committee coordinated a special meeting with Congressman Dan Lipinski - 3rd Congressional District on Friday, February 7, 2020.  

Pictured from left to right are:
Scott Dworschak, Chapter Manager, Eastern Illinois Chapter, NECA, 
Congressman Dan Lipinski,
James McGlynn, Sr., ECA Legislative Committee Chairman, 
McWilliams Electric Company, Inc.

ECA Educational Stipends & "Save the Dates" for  Special Events for 2020 
  
Stipends 
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:

CSC/ASA Safety Conference
The Executive Committee approved the educational stipends of the Registration fees for up to two representatives of participating ECA member firms for the Construction Safety Council / Association of Subcontractors and Affiliates (CSC/ASA) Safety Conference on March 2 - 3, 2020.
 
NECA WINFL 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 WIN and Future Leaders (NECA WINFL) Conference on March 16 - 20, 2020 in Tampa, FL.
 
NECA Legislative Conference
The ECA Executive Committee approved the registration fees, transportation and accommodation costs for all ECA member attendees of the NECA Legislative Conference to be held April 27 - April 30, 2020 in Washington, D.C.
 
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, 2020 - TBD
Location TBD
 
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:   www.buildsafe.org. 

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NECA "Guide to Aerial Lifts" Now Available

The latest release in the NECA Safety Guide series,  NECA Guide to Aerial Lifts, is specifically designed to assist contractors in understanding and complying with new OSHA and ANSI MEWP equipment and training requirements. Now available for purchase in the  NECA Store, this handy jobsite guide is printed on weatherized and tear-proof paper, and perfect for use on the jobsite or for your company's safety training. 
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Safety Forum
--February 13, 2020 
 
The Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA Safety Committee and the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA Safety Committee jointly sponsored a morning Safety Forum on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 8:00 am at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) in Alsip, Illinois.  
Pictured above from left to right are:
William Heffernan, ERS, Inc.,
Karen Rioux,  Partner, McGann, Ketterman & Rioux, and
Jerry McGlynn, ECA Safety Committee Chairman, 
McWilliams Electric Company, Inc.

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NECA Safety Achievement Program
--Safety Excellence & Zero Injury Awards 
 
NECA invites member companies to participate in the 2020 Recognition of Safety Achievement Program, an annual program that provides elite safety recognition for our members by recognizing electrical contractors that adopt safety and health-related work practices, as a core value, within their organization. The program includes two entry categories, Safety Excellence and Zero Injury. Recognition is given to electrical contractors that demonstrate their commitment to safety by consistently showing lower than industry average OSHA recordable injury and fatality rates and to those that have implemented internal safety practices that go above and beyond that of basic compliance. Applications are due March 1, 2020.


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CSC/ASA Safety Conference 
--March 2 - 3, 2020
 
This Annual Construction Expo and Safety Conference, co-hosted by the Association of Subcontractors and Affiliates of Chicago (ASA Chicago) and Construction Safety Council (CSC) serves Chicagoland construction industry professionals by providing unique opportunities for business-to-business commerce, education and networking.   The event is being held at the Drury Lane Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois on March 2 - 3, 2020.


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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 NECASafetyConference.com 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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