ECA Chicago

                         NOVEMBER 2019
Upcoming Events

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

November 13, 2019
ECA Regular Membership Meeting
Erie Cafe
Chicago, IL

November 20, 2019
"Next Level:  Are You a Project Manager or a Project Witness?" Seminar
Drake Oak Brook Hotel
Oak Brook, IL

December 11, 2019
ECA Holiday Celebration
The Wit Hotel
Chicago, IL

January 9, 2020
ECA Regular Membership Meeting
Drury Lane Conference Center
Oakbrook Terrace, IL

January 9 - 10, 2020
Electric Association Conference
Drury Lane Conference Center
Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago


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!  

October Membership Meeting
--CDA Presentation 
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its October Membership Meeting on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at Maggiano's Banquets in Chicago, Illinois.  The session featured Mr. Frank Grimaldi, Jr. Acting Chief Development Office, Chicago Department of Aviation.

Pictured from left to right are:
David Robbins, Chicago Department of Aviation,
Richard Jamerson, ECA President,
Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc. and
Frank Grimaldi, Chicago Department of Aviation. 

Young Professionals of ECA (YP of ECA)
The next YP of ECA event was held on October 10, 2019 at the Kaiser Tiger in Chicago.  The Chicago Department of  Buildings Commissioner Judy Frydland, Deputy Commissioner, Grant Ullrich, and Chief Electrical Inspector, Michael Reynolds, were on hand to talk about how the new building codes affect our industry, as well as provided an update on future programs and initiatives in the works for the Department of Buildings and construction in Chicago.    

Pictured above from left to right are:
Chicago Department of Buildings (DOB) Chief Electrical Inspector, Michael Reynolds,
DOB Commissioner Judy Frydland, 
and DOB Deputy Commissioner, Grant Ullrich.

Market Share Survey Assistance (MCA, Inc.)
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) is participating with a joint labor-management market share study through MCA, Inc.  ECA member firms had recently received the survey.  Please complete the information requested as soon as possible.   We thank you for your assistance with this important industry initiative.

ECA Member Received Industry Award

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) congratulates member, Robert Fimbianti, Linear Electric, Inc., who was designated an Electric Association "Hall of Fame" Award inductee. He received the award during the Electric Association's Membership Awards Dinner, which was  held on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the Carlisle Banquets in Lombard, Illinois. Congratulations, Bob!

Pictured above from left to right are:
Dorothy, Anthony and Robert Fimbianti, Linear Electric, Inc.

"Are You a Project Manager or a Project Witness?" Seminar 
The ECA Research and Education Committee sponsored a seminar called, "Are You a Project Manager or a Project Witness?," which was held on October 23, 2019 at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel, Oak Brook, Illinois.

The follow-up to the October program is called, "Next Level:  Are You a Project Manager or a Project Witness?"  Registration remains open for this program scheduled for Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

We hope to see you at the upcoming seminar!

Pictured above is Norb Slowikowski, Slowikowski & Associates, Inc.,
as he began the program.
NECA Premier Partners
-- Graybar

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 Graybar.


NECA On-Demand Project Management
-- "Managing Cash on a Project"

A project manager can have a significant impact on the overall health of a company through their management of cash flow on their projects. Managing Cash on a Project, the newest topic in the NECA Learning Center online project management course series, discusses the project manager's responsibilities for cash flow and how they can proactively manage it.

This short on-demand online course joins Job Cost Control and Projections and the rest of NECA's project management training, learn more at

Want to participate in the development of NECA's online project management training? View more information here ยป
(You will be directed to NECA website -  NECA username and password will be required.)
NECA / Chapter Legislative Update

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA), also known as the Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA Legislative Committee is active throughout the year on national, state-wide and local levels. James McGlynn, Sr., ECA (Chapter) Legislative Committee Chairman, was able to attend a recent fundraising event for State Senator Jim Oberweis', R-Sugar Grove congressional campaign. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, R-Florida attended the event, as well. Senator Oberweis is seeking the GOP nomination for the 14th Congressional District to run against incumbent U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, in 2020. The event was held on October 25, 2019 at Maggiano's Banquets in Oak Brook, Illinois. We thank Mr. McGlynn for his continued legislative efforts on behalf of the Association (Chapter).
Pictured above from left to right are:
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, R- Florida, 
James McGlynn, Sr., ECA / Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA - 
Legislative Committee Chairman and
Illinois Senator Jim Oberweis, R- Sugar Grove, IL.

The Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Trust has a new First-Year Apprentice class of 78 "A" and 20 "C" apprentices that started coursework on October 7, 2019 at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) in Alsip, Illinois.  The class will complete its coursework in December.  Please contact INTECH, as soon as possible, to secure these apprentices for work!  INTECH can be contacted at:  (708) 389-1340.
City of Chicago Updates

-City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS) 4Q 2019 Buying Plan and SBI - MBI - Target Market Contracting Opportunities Resource Guide
The Department of Procurement Services (DPS) continues to stay committed to communications and outreach, which are key to maintaining transparency and keeping residents informed. To continue this transparency, the 4Q 2019 Consolidated Buying Plan is now available online for download. The Buying Plan highlights upcoming contracting opportunities for all City user departments as well as 12 additional government purchasing entities. This enhanced edition includes a "How-to Guide" for efficiently using the Buying Plan.  Entities that participate in the Consolidated Buying Plan are the following: Chicago Board of Elections, Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), Chicago Park District (CPD), Chicago Public Schools (CPS), Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA), Public Building Commission (PBC), Cook County and the State of Illinois.
Additionally, DPS continues to address how to make opportunities and information more readily accessible, especially to the local, small business community. To this end, DPS has created a one-page companion resource to the Quarterly Buying Plan. This guide will identify solicitations published in 3 key categories: Small Business Initiative (SBI), Mid-Size Business Initiative (MBI), and Target Market Program.
Portions of this article were excerpted from a City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS) on-line update - 10/31/2019.
-City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development Updates

INVEST South/West to direct $250 million in DPD funds to South and West sides
The unprecedented community improvement initiative from Mayor Lightfoot will marshal the resources of multiple City departments, community organizations and corporate partners toward 10 neighborhoods on Chicago's South and West sides over the next three years. DPD will work with community-based partners this fall to identify priority corridors for public investments in each neighborhood, using $250 million from the department's Tax Increment Financing, Small Business Improvement Fund, and Neighborhood Opportunity Fund programs. That's in addition to $500 million in planned infrastructure improvements that will provide transportation, housing and quality of life enhancements that foster private investment.

New Rules Would Mandate More Public Engagement for all 'Megaprojects'
Procedures proposed to the Plan Commission this month by DPD staff would require developers of "Master Planned Developments" to participate in a variety of internal and external zoning meetings, including at least two City-initiated public meetings.
Potential development locations that could be subject to the new procedures include the nearly 100-acre Michael Reese site in Bronzeville, the 450-acre USX site in South Chicago, and an approximately 35-acre site adjacent to Solider Field on the Near South Side. Plan Commission staff is accepting public comment on the proposed rules through Monday, Nov. 18 at .
Portions of the above two articles were excerpted from a City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) on-line update - 10/31/2019.
Safety Update
--CSC November Schedule
For a listing of coursework available through the Construction Safety Council (CSC) for the month of November, please click on the link: 

Safety Forum
--NFPA 70E   October 3, 2019
The Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA and the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA, held a joint Safety Forum on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Local Union #701 IBEW Hall / Training Facility in Warrenville, Illinois.  

Pictured from left to right are:
Jerry McGIynn, ECA Safety Committe Chairman, McWilliams Electric Company, Inc., Michael Johnston, Executive Director, NECA Standards and Safety, 
Palmer Hickman, electrical training ALLIANCE and 
Jim Dollard, Safety Coordinator for the Philadelphia Electrical JATC.

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