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NECA 2024 Labor Relations Conference - July 17 - 19, 2024
07/19/2024

NECA 2024 Labor Relations Conference - July 17 - 19, 2024

Program was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston, MA.

The NECA 2024 Labor Relations Conference was held on July 17 – 19, 2024 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston, MA. The program brought together officers and Chapter staff of many NECA Chapters from across the country.

Fox Business: Suicide Rate Among Construction Workers Hits Crisis Levels
07/01/2024

Fox Business: Suicide Rate Among Construction Workers Hits Crisis Levels

The construction industry has one of the highest suicide rates compared to other industries, the CDC said.

Kevin O’Shea, president of Shamrock Electric Co., Inc., has one vital message to construction workers who are struggling with their mental health: call him. It's a message he shares as much as possible, given the growing number of suicides among workers in the industry.

ECA 52nd Annual Spring Conference (June 12 - 13, 2024)
06/14/2024

ECA 52nd Annual Spring Conference (June 12 - 13, 2024)

Program was held at The American Club in Kohler, WI.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its 52nd Annual Spring Conference on Wednesday, June 12 – Thursday, 13, 2024 at The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin. The conference had 86 registrants!

2024 FWC Women Rock: Annual Awards Reception
06/07/2024

2024 FWC Women Rock: Annual Awards Reception

The program was held at the Offshore Rooftop in Chicago, IL.

On June 5, 2024, the Federation of Women Contractors (FWC) celebrated 35 years of Women Rocking the Industry at the Offshore Rooftop at Navy Pier.

Young Professionals of ECA: 2024 Pinstripes Event
05/24/2024

Young Professionals of ECA: 2024 Pinstripes Event

The event was held at Pinstripes in Oakbrook, IL.

The Young Professionals of ECA (Electrical Contractors' Association) of Chicago had a fantastic time on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at Pinstripes Oakbrook.

NECA Safety Professionals Conference - May 20 - 22, 2024
05/23/2024

NECA Safety Professionals Conference - May 20 - 22, 2024

Program was held at the Gaylord Rockies Resort in Aurora, CO.

The NECA Safety Professionals Conference was held May 20 – 22, 2024 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort in Aurora, Colorado. This conference had the largest number of registrants – over 400 - in it’s history.

2024 Midwest Solar Expo - May 20 - 22, 2024
05/22/2024

2024 Midwest Solar Expo - May 20 - 22, 2024

The program was held at the DES Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.

The Midwest Solar Expo, held from May 20 to 22, 2024, brought together manufacturers, distributors, developers, policymakers, and other solar industry leaders to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

ECA Participates in the 4th Annual Cowboy Shootout - May 16, 2024
05/20/2024

ECA Participates in the 4th Annual Cowboy Shootout - May 16, 2024

The Cowboy Shootout was held at Halter Wildlife Inc., in Pleasant Prairie, WI.

This annual event supports the Well Resource Center, a vital organization that assists first responders and their families on the Northwest side of Chicago.

Apprentice Graduation Ceremony - May 18, 2024
05/18/2024

Apprentice Graduation Ceremony - May 18, 2024

Program was held at IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) in Alsip, IL.

The Apprentice Graduation Ceremony was held on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) in Alsip, IL. Nearly 200 graduates of the “A” Program and over 30 graduates for the “C” Program. The event featured a number of industry speakers and special recognitions.

ECA May Membership Meeting Highlights (May 15, 2024)
05/16/2024

ECA May Membership Meeting Highlights (May 15, 2024)

Program was held at Truluck's Restaurant in Rosemont, IL.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its May Membership meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at Truluck’s Restaurant in Rosemont, IL. Over 50 attendees were on hand for the industry updates and special presentations.

Chicago Commons 130th Anniversary Gala
05/13/2024

Chicago Commons 130th Anniversary Gala

The program was held at Morgan Manufacturing in Chicago, IL.

Chicago Commons held their 130th Anniversary Gala on Friday, May 10, 2024, at Morgan Manufacturing in Chicago. Powering Chicago was proud to be a Robinson Sponsor for this event.

NECA Legislative Conference (May 6 -8, 2024)
05/10/2024

NECA Legislative Conference (May 6 -8, 2024)

Program was held at the Salamander Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The 2024 NECA Legislative Conference was held May 6 – 8, 2024 in Washington, D.C. The conference was held at the Salamander Hotel.

CBC Annual Merit Awards (5/9/24)
05/10/2024

CBC Annual Merit Awards (5/9/24)

Program was held at Morgan Manufacturing in Chicago, IL

The Chicago Building Congress (CBC) held their Annual Merit Awards Program on Thursday, May 9, 2024. The evening event was held at Morton Manufacturing in Chicago, IL. Powering Chicago was a Platinum Sponsor for the event. A number of ECA member firms were in the running for the 10 categories of recently completed projects.

IACT Green Drives Conference & Expo
05/10/2024

IACT Green Drives Conference & Expo

The program was held at the IBEW - NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, IL.

ECA Participates in Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago
05/03/2024

ECA Participates in Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago

National Rebuilding Day - Saturday, April 27, 2024.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) joined forces with Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago for National Rebuilding Day on Saturday, April 27, 2024.

IMSCA 2024 Lobby Day (4/30/24)
05/02/2024

IMSCA 2024 Lobby Day (4/30/24)

Program was held in Springfield, IL (varied sites)

The Illinois Mechanical Special Contractors Association (IMSCA) held its 2024 Lobby Day on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 in Springfield, IL

“Workplace Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Training" -- Local 701 MAP Update -- Local 134 ERS Update / Construction Industry Alliance Update - (ECA / NECA Safety Forum) -- Friday, April 26, 2024
04/29/2024

“Workplace Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Training" -- Local 701 MAP Update -- Local 134 ERS Update / Construction Industry Alliance Update - (ECA / NECA Safety Forum) -- Friday, April 26, 2024

Program was held at DuPage / Local 701 JATC in Warrenville, IL.

The recent Joint Safety Forum, "Workplace Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Training," hosted by the Safety Committee's of the Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) and the Northeastern Illinois Chapter of NECA, as well as by PowerForward DuPage was well attended. Over 40 registered for the complimentary program that was held on April 26, 2025 at DuPage / Local 701 JATC in Warrenville, IL. The Forum also included presentations which included a Local 701 MAP update, Local 134 MAP and ECA ERS update and a Construction Industry Alliance Suicide Prevention update.

CISCO 36th Annual Luncheon (4/26/24)
04/29/2024

CISCO 36th Annual Luncheon (4/26/24)

Program was held at Harry Caray’s Restaurant in Lombard, IL.

The 36th Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) Annual Luncheon was held on Friday, April 26, 2024. The well-attended event was held at Harry Caray’s Restaurant in Lombard, IL.

NECA Emerge Conference
04/17/2024

NECA Emerge Conference

Program was held at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, NV

The inaugural NECA Emerge Conference was held April 15 – 17, 2024 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The Conference had over 500 registrants.

ECA  April Membership Meeting
04/12/2024

ECA April Membership Meeting

The program was held at the Union League Club of Chicago.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA), held its April Membership meeting on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at the Union Leage Club of Chicago. The luncheon program featured industry updates, and guest presentations from Grant Ullrich, Managing Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Department of Buildings (DOB) and Jared Policicchio, Deputy Commissioner, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer who discussed Chicago's proposed "Clean and Affordable Buildings Ordinance."

"Reasonable Suspicion" Seminar
04/12/2024

"Reasonable Suspicion" Seminar

Program was held at Maggiano's Banquets in Oak Brook, IL.

The ECA Safety Committee and the ECA Research and Education Committee were proud to have sponsored the "Reasonable Suspicion" seminar. The complimentary program was held on Thursday, April 11, 2024 at Maggiano's Banquets in Oak Brook, IL. The session was facilitated by Bill Heffernan, co-founder of Employee Resource Systems, Inc. (ERS) and ScreenSafe, Inc.

"Contracting with M/WBE Vendors- The Do's and The Don'ts" Seminar
04/12/2024

"Contracting with M/WBE Vendors- The Do's and The Don'ts" Seminar

Program was held at the Union League Club of Chicago.

The ECA Research and Education Committee and the ECA DEI Committee proudly sponsored a complimentary program called, "Contracting with M/WBE Vendors- The Do's and The Don'ts" Seminar. This was a Pre-Membership Meeting event that was held on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at the Union League Club of Chicago. The featured presenter was Jaemie L. Neely, Executive Director, Federation of Women Contractors.

NECA - IIT Student Chapter Update (4/5/24)
04/08/2024

NECA - IIT Student Chapter Update (4/5/24)

This is an update of NECA - IIT Student Chapter activity concerning the Electrical Contracting Innovation Challenge sponsored by NECA and ELECTRI International. The ECA Student Committee would like to thank Mike Meyer, ECA Student Committee Chair, Director of Construction Operations, Continental Electrical Construction Company, for his assistance.

"Advance the Service & Maintenance of Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2024" - "Dominate Your Market, Learn the Ins and Outs of Compliancy Utilizing NFP
03/25/2024

"Advance the Service & Maintenance of Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2024" - "Dominate Your Market, Learn the Ins and Outs of Compliancy Utilizing NFP

2 Day Master Class - March 25 - 26, 2024

The ECA Research and Education Committee and the ECA Safety Committee proudly sponsored a 2-Day Master Class on March 25 – 26, 2024. The session was called, "2 Day Master Class - Advance the Service & Maintenance of Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2024" - "Dominate Your Market, Learn the Ins and Outs of Compliancy Utilizing NFPA 70E and NFPA 70B." The program was held at the Hyatt Lodge Conference Center in Oak Brook. 25 individuals registered for this premier program!

68th Annual Paddy's Day Luncheon
03/19/2024

68th Annual Paddy's Day Luncheon

The program was held at the Chicago Hilton & Towers.

NECA Midwestern Regional Conference - March 11 - 14, 2024
03/13/2024

NECA Midwestern Regional Conference - March 11 - 14, 2024

Program was held at the Atlantis Resort - Paradise Island, Bahamas.

NECA Midwestern Regional Conference March 11 – 14, 2024 Atlantis Resort Paradise Island, Bahamas

NECA - IIT Student Chapter Updates
03/07/2024

NECA - IIT Student Chapter Updates

The NECA - IIT Student Chapter updates concerning the Electrical Contracting Innovation Challenge sponsored by NECA and ELECTRI International. The ECA Student Committee would like to thank Alex Pratt, Trimble, for his assistance.

ECA March Regular Membership Meeting - March 5, 2024.
03/06/2024

ECA March Regular Membership Meeting - March 5, 2024.

Program was held at Drury Lane Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) March Membership Meeting was held on Tuesday, March 5 , 2024, at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

Young Professionals of ECA: 2024 Topgolf Event
02/21/2024

Young Professionals of ECA: 2024 Topgolf Event

The event was held at Topgolf in Schaumburg, IL.

The Young Professionals of ECA (Electrical Contractors' Association) of Chicago had a fantastic time on Thursday, February 15, 2024, at Topgolf Schaumburg.

ECA February Regular Membership Meeting - February 14, 2024.
02/16/2024

ECA February Regular Membership Meeting - February 14, 2024.

Program was held at Shaw's Crab House in Schaumburg, IL.

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) February Membership Meeting was held on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at Shaw's Crab House in Schaumburg, IL.

Basic Estimating of Electrical Construction Program
02/15/2024

Basic Estimating of Electrical Construction Program

Program was held at INTECH in Alsip, IL

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago’s (ECA’s) Research and Education Committee was pleased to have sponsored the “Basic Estimating of Electrical Construction” workshop being held on February 12 – 14, 2024 at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) in Alsip, IL.

NECA - IIT Student Chapter Updates
02/12/2024

NECA - IIT Student Chapter Updates

The NECA - IIT Student Chapter updates concerning the Electrical Contracting Innovation Challenge sponsored by NECA and ELECTRI International, the ECA Student Committee would like to thank Jesse Geiger, CAD / BIM Manager, Block Electric Company, Inc.

Illinois Green Alliance Annual Meeting
02/12/2024

Illinois Green Alliance Annual Meeting

The IGA is the former Illinois Chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC).  The IGA Held its Annual Meeting on February 8, 2024, at the office of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (JLL).

Powering Chicago's YouTube Series released Episode 9 - January 28, 2024.
01/29/2024

Powering Chicago's YouTube Series released Episode 9 - January 28, 2024.

Subscribe to Powering Chicago's YouTube Channel to catch all the episodes

This series will focus on the innovations driving the electrical construction industry forward. Hosted by Powering Chicago’s Executive Director, Elbert Walters III, we’ll highlight new technologies and process improvements affecting architects, developers, end users, and facility managers throughout the electrical construction industry.

ECA January Regular Membership Meeting - January 24, 2024
01/26/2024

ECA January Regular Membership Meeting - January 24, 2024

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) January Membership Meeting was held on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at Maggiano's Banquets in Oak Brook, IL.

2024 CISCO Annual Meeting - January 19, 2024
01/22/2024

2024 CISCO Annual Meeting - January 19, 2024

Program was held at Harry Caray's in Lombard, IL.

The Construction Industry Service Corporation held its Annual Meeting on Friday, January 19, 2024, at Harry Caray's in Lombard, IL. 

2023 President's Party & Holiday Celebration: Recap Video
12/14/2023

2023 President's Party & Holiday Celebration: Recap Video

Here's What You Missed!

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its 2024 President's Party & Holiday Celebration on December 2, 2023, at the Union League Club of Chicago.

Powering Chicago's new YouTube Series released Episode 8 - December 10th, 2023.
12/11/2023

Powering Chicago's new YouTube Series released Episode 8 - December 10th, 2023.

Subscribe to Powering Chicago's YouTube Channel to catch all the episodes

Episode 8 of The Power of Better Presented by Powering Chicago unveils the extraordinary projects led by Powering Chicago’s Contractors and IBEW Local 134 Union Electricians. Join Elbert Walters III, Executive Director of Powering Chicago, as he guides us through a series of groundbreaking initiatives that redefine the standards of electrical craftsmanship and innovation.

2023 ECA President's Party & Holiday Celebration!
12/04/2023

2023 ECA President's Party & Holiday Celebration!

The ECA President's Party & Holiday Celebration was held on December 2, 2023

Highlights of the 2023 President's Party & Holiday Celebration.

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11/20/2023

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"Succession Planning For Contractors: Following the Leader."  -- Thursday, November 16, 2023 
11/16/2023

"Succession Planning For Contractors: Following the Leader." -- Thursday, November 16, 2023 

Program was held at the Marriott Delta Hotel in Willowbrook, IL.

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) in conjunction with other area Construction Trade organizations, including: Plumbing Contractors Association, Mechanical Contractors Association, Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association, Northern Illinois Sprinkler Advisory Board, Eastern Illinois Chapter, NECA was proud to have helped sponsor the Seminar / Panel Discussion called, "Succession Planning For Contractors: Following the Leader."

"Auditing Your Tech Stack" -- Wednesday, November 15, 2023 
11/15/2023

"Auditing Your Tech Stack" -- Wednesday, November 15, 2023 

Program was held at the Hyatt Lodge Conference Center in Oak Brook, IL.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee was pleased to have sponsored the program, “Auditing Your Tech Stack.”  The morning session was held on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 and facilitated by Denise Devine, Partner and Operations Expert, SteelToe Consulting LLC.  The seminar was held at the Hyatt Lodge Conference Center in Oak Brook, IL. 

ECA November Regular Membership Meeting - November 8, 2023
11/09/2023

ECA November Regular Membership Meeting - November 8, 2023

Program was held at Maggiano's Little Italy, in Oak Brook, IL.

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) November Membership Meeting was held Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at Maggiano's Little Italy, in Oak Brook, IL.

Young Professionals of ECA: 2023 OKTOBERFEST
10/30/2023

Young Professionals of ECA: 2023 OKTOBERFEST

The event was held at BuckleDown Brewing in Lyons, IL.

The Young Professionals of ECA (Electrical Contractors' Association) of Chicago had a fantastic time on Thursday, October 26, 2023, at BuckleDown Brewing.

EJATT Graduation Ceremony - October 28, 2023
10/29/2023

EJATT Graduation Ceremony - October 28, 2023

Program was held at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, IL.

An EJATT Graduation Ceremony was held Saturday, October 28, 2023, at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, IL.

Electric Association Membership Awards Ceremony
10/20/2023

Electric Association Membership Awards Ceremony

The seminar was held at the Carlisle in Lombard.

The Electric Association Membership Awards Dinner was held on Thursday, October 19, 2023, at the two ECA members: Gold Medal Award Winner - Richard Jamerson, Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc. and Hall of Fame - Jerry McGlynn, McWilliams Electric Company, Inc.

ECA October Regular Membership Meeting - October 18, 2023
10/20/2023

ECA October Regular Membership Meeting - October 18, 2023

Program was held at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, IL.

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) October Membership Meeting was held Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, IL.

"Diversifying Your Electrical Contracting Business" – Seminar - Tuesday, October 17, 2023 -
10/17/2023

"Diversifying Your Electrical Contracting Business" – Seminar - Tuesday, October 17, 2023 -

The seminar was held at the Hyatt Lodge Conference Center.

The ECA Research and Education Committee was pleased to have sponsored the seminar, “Diversifying Your Electrical Contracting Business.”  The two-hour session was held ON Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at the Hyatt Lodge Convention Center in Oak Brook.  The program was facilitated by Josh Bone, ELECTRI International Director.

NECA September 2023 Legislative Recap.
10/16/2023

NECA September 2023 Legislative Recap.

Please click the link for the re-cap.

NECA Government Affairs September Legislative Re-cap

ECA Participates in the AHA Chicago Hard Hats with Heart
10/16/2023

ECA Participates in the AHA Chicago Hard Hats with Heart

The Chicago Hard Hats with Hearts was hosted at the Wintrust Arena on October 12, 2023.

Hard Hats with Heart benefits the American Heart Association’s work to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives, specifically aimed toward the construction industry’s elevated risk.

The McWilliams Electric Company Special Olympics Construction Team Picnic 2023
10/13/2023

The McWilliams Electric Company Special Olympics Construction Team Picnic 2023

The 24th Annual Construction Team Picnic was held at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute.

ECA / NECA Joint Safety Forum - Tuesday, October 10, 2023
10/11/2023

ECA / NECA Joint Safety Forum - Tuesday, October 10, 2023

The seminars were held on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) in Alsip, Illinois.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Safety Committee along with the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA Safety Committee was proud to sponsor two programs, "NFPA 70B: Standard for Electrical Equipment Maintenance" - 2 hours, and “NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace" - 4 hour Refresher.  The seminars were held on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) in Alsip, Illinois. 

NECA 2023 Convention & Trade Show Highlights
10/05/2023

NECA 2023 Convention & Trade Show Highlights

The Convention was held September 29 - October 2 in Philadelphia.

The NECA Convention & Trade Show was held September 29, 2023 - October 2, 2023 in Philadelphia.

NECA 2024 Midwestern Regional Conference -March 11-14, 2024 - Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas
09/22/2023

NECA 2024 Midwestern Regional Conference -March 11-14, 2024 - Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas

The program will take place in Paradise Island, Bahamas on March 11-14, 2024.

The NECA 2024 Midwestern Regional Conference will take place in Paradise Island, Bahamas on March 11-14, 2024. Join us at the legendary Atlantis Resort to network with industry leaders, learn from the best, and hear from insightful speakers! 

Boy Scouts of America – Pathway to Adventure Council’s Construction Industry Dinner
09/22/2023

Boy Scouts of America – Pathway to Adventure Council’s Construction Industry Dinner

The program was held on September 21, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago congratulates Mallory Gurtz, Gurtz Electric Company as the 2023 Chair of the Boy Scouts of America – Pathway to Adventure Council’s Construction Industry Dinner event. 

Young Professionals of ECA: 2023 Leadership Conference
09/18/2023

Young Professionals of ECA: 2023 Leadership Conference

The event was held at the Iron Horse Hotel - Milwaukee, WI.

The Young Professionals of ECA (Electrical Contractors' Association) of Chicago had a fantastic time on September 14-15, 2023 at the Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee, WI.

RECAP: 2023 ECA Summer Social!
08/21/2023

RECAP: 2023 ECA Summer Social!

The event was held at The Offshore Rooftop Bar- Navy Pier - Chicago.

The ECA membership had an amazing time at the Offshore Rooftop Bar at Navy Pier!

Powering Chicago's YouTube Series Episode 6 Coming Soon - August 20, 2023.
08/15/2023

Powering Chicago's YouTube Series Episode 6 Coming Soon - August 20, 2023.

Episode 6 of The Power of Better, drops this Sunday! Subscribe to Powering Chicago's YouTube Channel to catch all the episodes

In the latest episode of The Power of Better, District 230 partners with Powering Chicago signatory electrical contractor Low Voltage Solutions located in Lockport, Illinois.

“Empower Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2023” Sales Training program concludes.
07/27/2023

“Empower Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2023” Sales Training program concludes.

The program was held at the Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook Conference Center.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee was proud to have presented the six-session “Empower Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2023” Sales Training program facilitated by Sean Samson, Sean Samson Training, Ltd. 

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NECA 2024 Labor Relations Conference - July 17 - 19, 2024
07/19/2024

NECA 2024 Labor Relations Conference - July 17 - 19, 2024

Program was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston, MA.

The NECA 2024 Labor Relations Conference was held on July 17 – 19, 2024 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston, MA. The program brought together officers and Chapter staff of many NECA Chapters from across the country.

Fox Business: Suicide Rate Among Construction Workers Hits Crisis Levels
07/01/2024

Fox Business: Suicide Rate Among Construction Workers Hits Crisis Levels

The construction industry has one of the highest suicide rates compared to other industries, the CDC said.

Kevin O’Shea, president of Shamrock Electric Co., Inc., has one vital message to construction workers who are struggling with their mental health: call him. It's a message he shares as much as possible, given the growing number of suicides among workers in the industry.

ECA 52nd Annual Spring Conference (June 12 - 13, 2024)
06/14/2024

ECA 52nd Annual Spring Conference (June 12 - 13, 2024)

Program was held at The American Club in Kohler, WI.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its 52nd Annual Spring Conference on Wednesday, June 12 – Thursday, 13, 2024 at The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin. The conference had 86 registrants!

2024 FWC Women Rock: Annual Awards Reception
06/07/2024

2024 FWC Women Rock: Annual Awards Reception

The program was held at the Offshore Rooftop in Chicago, IL.

On June 5, 2024, the Federation of Women Contractors (FWC) celebrated 35 years of Women Rocking the Industry at the Offshore Rooftop at Navy Pier.

Young Professionals of ECA: 2024 Pinstripes Event
05/24/2024

Young Professionals of ECA: 2024 Pinstripes Event

The event was held at Pinstripes in Oakbrook, IL.

The Young Professionals of ECA (Electrical Contractors' Association) of Chicago had a fantastic time on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at Pinstripes Oakbrook.

NECA Safety Professionals Conference - May 20 - 22, 2024
05/23/2024

NECA Safety Professionals Conference - May 20 - 22, 2024

Program was held at the Gaylord Rockies Resort in Aurora, CO.

The NECA Safety Professionals Conference was held May 20 – 22, 2024 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort in Aurora, Colorado. This conference had the largest number of registrants – over 400 - in it’s history.

2024 Midwest Solar Expo - May 20 - 22, 2024
05/22/2024

2024 Midwest Solar Expo - May 20 - 22, 2024

The program was held at the DES Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.

The Midwest Solar Expo, held from May 20 to 22, 2024, brought together manufacturers, distributors, developers, policymakers, and other solar industry leaders to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

Apprentice Graduation Ceremony - May 18, 2024
05/18/2024

Apprentice Graduation Ceremony - May 18, 2024

Program was held at IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) in Alsip, IL.

The Apprentice Graduation Ceremony was held on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) in Alsip, IL. Nearly 200 graduates of the “A” Program and over 30 graduates for the “C” Program. The event featured a number of industry speakers and special recognitions.

ECA May Membership Meeting Highlights (May 15, 2024)
05/16/2024

ECA May Membership Meeting Highlights (May 15, 2024)

Program was held at Truluck's Restaurant in Rosemont, IL.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its May Membership meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at Truluck’s Restaurant in Rosemont, IL. Over 50 attendees were on hand for the industry updates and special presentations.

Chicago Commons 130th Anniversary Gala
05/13/2024

Chicago Commons 130th Anniversary Gala

The program was held at Morgan Manufacturing in Chicago, IL.

Chicago Commons held their 130th Anniversary Gala on Friday, May 10, 2024, at Morgan Manufacturing in Chicago. Powering Chicago was proud to be a Robinson Sponsor for this event.

NECA Legislative Conference (May 6 -8, 2024)
05/10/2024

NECA Legislative Conference (May 6 -8, 2024)

Program was held at the Salamander Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The 2024 NECA Legislative Conference was held May 6 – 8, 2024 in Washington, D.C. The conference was held at the Salamander Hotel.

CBC Annual Merit Awards (5/9/24)
05/10/2024

CBC Annual Merit Awards (5/9/24)

Program was held at Morgan Manufacturing in Chicago, IL

The Chicago Building Congress (CBC) held their Annual Merit Awards Program on Thursday, May 9, 2024. The evening event was held at Morton Manufacturing in Chicago, IL. Powering Chicago was a Platinum Sponsor for the event. A number of ECA member firms were in the running for the 10 categories of recently completed projects.

IACT Green Drives Conference & Expo
05/10/2024

IACT Green Drives Conference & Expo

The program was held at the IBEW - NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, IL.

IMSCA 2024 Lobby Day (4/30/24)
05/02/2024

IMSCA 2024 Lobby Day (4/30/24)

Program was held in Springfield, IL (varied sites)

The Illinois Mechanical Special Contractors Association (IMSCA) held its 2024 Lobby Day on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 in Springfield, IL

“Workplace Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Training" -- Local 701 MAP Update -- Local 134 ERS Update / Construction Industry Alliance Update - (ECA / NECA Safety Forum) -- Friday, April 26, 2024
04/29/2024

“Workplace Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Training" -- Local 701 MAP Update -- Local 134 ERS Update / Construction Industry Alliance Update - (ECA / NECA Safety Forum) -- Friday, April 26, 2024

Program was held at DuPage / Local 701 JATC in Warrenville, IL.

The recent Joint Safety Forum, "Workplace Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Training," hosted by the Safety Committee's of the Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) and the Northeastern Illinois Chapter of NECA, as well as by PowerForward DuPage was well attended. Over 40 registered for the complimentary program that was held on April 26, 2025 at DuPage / Local 701 JATC in Warrenville, IL. The Forum also included presentations which included a Local 701 MAP update, Local 134 MAP and ECA ERS update and a Construction Industry Alliance Suicide Prevention update.

CISCO 36th Annual Luncheon (4/26/24)
04/29/2024

CISCO 36th Annual Luncheon (4/26/24)

Program was held at Harry Caray’s Restaurant in Lombard, IL.

The 36th Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) Annual Luncheon was held on Friday, April 26, 2024. The well-attended event was held at Harry Caray’s Restaurant in Lombard, IL.

NECA Emerge Conference
04/17/2024

NECA Emerge Conference

Program was held at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, NV

The inaugural NECA Emerge Conference was held April 15 – 17, 2024 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The Conference had over 500 registrants.

ECA  April Membership Meeting
04/12/2024

ECA April Membership Meeting

The program was held at the Union League Club of Chicago.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA), held its April Membership meeting on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at the Union Leage Club of Chicago. The luncheon program featured industry updates, and guest presentations from Grant Ullrich, Managing Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Department of Buildings (DOB) and Jared Policicchio, Deputy Commissioner, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer who discussed Chicago's proposed "Clean and Affordable Buildings Ordinance."

"Reasonable Suspicion" Seminar
04/12/2024

"Reasonable Suspicion" Seminar

Program was held at Maggiano's Banquets in Oak Brook, IL.

The ECA Safety Committee and the ECA Research and Education Committee were proud to have sponsored the "Reasonable Suspicion" seminar. The complimentary program was held on Thursday, April 11, 2024 at Maggiano's Banquets in Oak Brook, IL. The session was facilitated by Bill Heffernan, co-founder of Employee Resource Systems, Inc. (ERS) and ScreenSafe, Inc.

"Contracting with M/WBE Vendors- The Do's and The Don'ts" Seminar
04/12/2024

"Contracting with M/WBE Vendors- The Do's and The Don'ts" Seminar

Program was held at the Union League Club of Chicago.

The ECA Research and Education Committee and the ECA DEI Committee proudly sponsored a complimentary program called, "Contracting with M/WBE Vendors- The Do's and The Don'ts" Seminar. This was a Pre-Membership Meeting event that was held on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at the Union League Club of Chicago. The featured presenter was Jaemie L. Neely, Executive Director, Federation of Women Contractors.

NECA - IIT Student Chapter Update (4/5/24)
04/08/2024

NECA - IIT Student Chapter Update (4/5/24)

This is an update of NECA - IIT Student Chapter activity concerning the Electrical Contracting Innovation Challenge sponsored by NECA and ELECTRI International. The ECA Student Committee would like to thank Mike Meyer, ECA Student Committee Chair, Director of Construction Operations, Continental Electrical Construction Company, for his assistance.

"Advance the Service & Maintenance of Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2024" - "Dominate Your Market, Learn the Ins and Outs of Compliancy Utilizing NFP
03/25/2024

"Advance the Service & Maintenance of Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2024" - "Dominate Your Market, Learn the Ins and Outs of Compliancy Utilizing NFP

2 Day Master Class - March 25 - 26, 2024

The ECA Research and Education Committee and the ECA Safety Committee proudly sponsored a 2-Day Master Class on March 25 – 26, 2024. The session was called, "2 Day Master Class - Advance the Service & Maintenance of Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2024" - "Dominate Your Market, Learn the Ins and Outs of Compliancy Utilizing NFPA 70E and NFPA 70B." The program was held at the Hyatt Lodge Conference Center in Oak Brook. 25 individuals registered for this premier program!

68th Annual Paddy's Day Luncheon
03/19/2024

68th Annual Paddy's Day Luncheon

The program was held at the Chicago Hilton & Towers.

NECA Midwestern Regional Conference - March 11 - 14, 2024
03/13/2024

NECA Midwestern Regional Conference - March 11 - 14, 2024

Program was held at the Atlantis Resort - Paradise Island, Bahamas.

NECA Midwestern Regional Conference March 11 – 14, 2024 Atlantis Resort Paradise Island, Bahamas

NECA - IIT Student Chapter Updates
03/07/2024

NECA - IIT Student Chapter Updates

The NECA - IIT Student Chapter updates concerning the Electrical Contracting Innovation Challenge sponsored by NECA and ELECTRI International. The ECA Student Committee would like to thank Alex Pratt, Trimble, for his assistance.

ECA March Regular Membership Meeting - March 5, 2024.
03/06/2024

ECA March Regular Membership Meeting - March 5, 2024.

Program was held at Drury Lane Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) March Membership Meeting was held on Tuesday, March 5 , 2024, at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

Young Professionals of ECA: 2024 Topgolf Event
02/21/2024

Young Professionals of ECA: 2024 Topgolf Event

The event was held at Topgolf in Schaumburg, IL.

The Young Professionals of ECA (Electrical Contractors' Association) of Chicago had a fantastic time on Thursday, February 15, 2024, at Topgolf Schaumburg.

ECA February Regular Membership Meeting - February 14, 2024.
02/16/2024

ECA February Regular Membership Meeting - February 14, 2024.

Program was held at Shaw's Crab House in Schaumburg, IL.

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) February Membership Meeting was held on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at Shaw's Crab House in Schaumburg, IL.

Basic Estimating of Electrical Construction Program
02/15/2024

Basic Estimating of Electrical Construction Program

Program was held at INTECH in Alsip, IL

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago’s (ECA’s) Research and Education Committee was pleased to have sponsored the “Basic Estimating of Electrical Construction” workshop being held on February 12 – 14, 2024 at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) in Alsip, IL.

NECA - IIT Student Chapter Updates
02/12/2024

NECA - IIT Student Chapter Updates

The NECA - IIT Student Chapter updates concerning the Electrical Contracting Innovation Challenge sponsored by NECA and ELECTRI International, the ECA Student Committee would like to thank Jesse Geiger, CAD / BIM Manager, Block Electric Company, Inc.

Powering Chicago's YouTube Series released Episode 9 - January 28, 2024.
01/29/2024

Powering Chicago's YouTube Series released Episode 9 - January 28, 2024.

Subscribe to Powering Chicago's YouTube Channel to catch all the episodes

This series will focus on the innovations driving the electrical construction industry forward. Hosted by Powering Chicago’s Executive Director, Elbert Walters III, we’ll highlight new technologies and process improvements affecting architects, developers, end users, and facility managers throughout the electrical construction industry.

ECA January Regular Membership Meeting - January 24, 2024
01/26/2024

ECA January Regular Membership Meeting - January 24, 2024

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) January Membership Meeting was held on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at Maggiano's Banquets in Oak Brook, IL.

2024 CISCO Annual Meeting - January 19, 2024
01/22/2024

2024 CISCO Annual Meeting - January 19, 2024

Program was held at Harry Caray's in Lombard, IL.

The Construction Industry Service Corporation held its Annual Meeting on Friday, January 19, 2024, at Harry Caray's in Lombard, IL. 

2023 President's Party & Holiday Celebration: Recap Video
12/14/2023

2023 President's Party & Holiday Celebration: Recap Video

Here's What You Missed!

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its 2024 President's Party & Holiday Celebration on December 2, 2023, at the Union League Club of Chicago.

Powering Chicago's new YouTube Series released Episode 8 - December 10th, 2023.
12/11/2023

Powering Chicago's new YouTube Series released Episode 8 - December 10th, 2023.

Subscribe to Powering Chicago's YouTube Channel to catch all the episodes

Episode 8 of The Power of Better Presented by Powering Chicago unveils the extraordinary projects led by Powering Chicago’s Contractors and IBEW Local 134 Union Electricians. Join Elbert Walters III, Executive Director of Powering Chicago, as he guides us through a series of groundbreaking initiatives that redefine the standards of electrical craftsmanship and innovation.

2023 ECA President's Party & Holiday Celebration!
12/04/2023

2023 ECA President's Party & Holiday Celebration!

The ECA President's Party & Holiday Celebration was held on December 2, 2023

Highlights of the 2023 President's Party & Holiday Celebration.

Subscribe to Powering Chicago's LinkedIn Newsletter!
11/20/2023

Subscribe to Powering Chicago's LinkedIn Newsletter!

Stay Ahead in the Electrical Industry

In the ever-evolving world of electrical construction, commercial real estate, renewable energy, manufacturing, and public infrastructure, staying updated with the latest trends, technologies, and industry insights is crucial for maintaining a competitive edge.

"Succession Planning For Contractors: Following the Leader."  -- Thursday, November 16, 2023 
11/16/2023

"Succession Planning For Contractors: Following the Leader." -- Thursday, November 16, 2023 

Program was held at the Marriott Delta Hotel in Willowbrook, IL.

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) in conjunction with other area Construction Trade organizations, including: Plumbing Contractors Association, Mechanical Contractors Association, Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association, Northern Illinois Sprinkler Advisory Board, Eastern Illinois Chapter, NECA was proud to have helped sponsor the Seminar / Panel Discussion called, "Succession Planning For Contractors: Following the Leader."

"Auditing Your Tech Stack" -- Wednesday, November 15, 2023 
11/15/2023

"Auditing Your Tech Stack" -- Wednesday, November 15, 2023 

Program was held at the Hyatt Lodge Conference Center in Oak Brook, IL.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee was pleased to have sponsored the program, “Auditing Your Tech Stack.”  The morning session was held on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 and facilitated by Denise Devine, Partner and Operations Expert, SteelToe Consulting LLC.  The seminar was held at the Hyatt Lodge Conference Center in Oak Brook, IL. 

ECA November Regular Membership Meeting - November 8, 2023
11/09/2023

ECA November Regular Membership Meeting - November 8, 2023

Program was held at Maggiano's Little Italy, in Oak Brook, IL.

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) November Membership Meeting was held Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at Maggiano's Little Italy, in Oak Brook, IL.

EJATT Graduation Ceremony - October 28, 2023
10/29/2023

EJATT Graduation Ceremony - October 28, 2023

Program was held at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, IL.

An EJATT Graduation Ceremony was held Saturday, October 28, 2023, at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, IL.

Electric Association Membership Awards Ceremony
10/20/2023

Electric Association Membership Awards Ceremony

The seminar was held at the Carlisle in Lombard.

The Electric Association Membership Awards Dinner was held on Thursday, October 19, 2023, at the two ECA members: Gold Medal Award Winner - Richard Jamerson, Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc. and Hall of Fame - Jerry McGlynn, McWilliams Electric Company, Inc.

ECA October Regular Membership Meeting - October 18, 2023
10/20/2023

ECA October Regular Membership Meeting - October 18, 2023

Program was held at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, IL.

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) October Membership Meeting was held Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, IL.

"Diversifying Your Electrical Contracting Business" – Seminar - Tuesday, October 17, 2023 -
10/17/2023

"Diversifying Your Electrical Contracting Business" – Seminar - Tuesday, October 17, 2023 -

The seminar was held at the Hyatt Lodge Conference Center.

The ECA Research and Education Committee was pleased to have sponsored the seminar, “Diversifying Your Electrical Contracting Business.”  The two-hour session was held ON Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at the Hyatt Lodge Convention Center in Oak Brook.  The program was facilitated by Josh Bone, ELECTRI International Director.

NECA September 2023 Legislative Recap.
10/16/2023

NECA September 2023 Legislative Recap.

Please click the link for the re-cap.

NECA Government Affairs September Legislative Re-cap

ECA / NECA Joint Safety Forum - Tuesday, October 10, 2023
10/11/2023

ECA / NECA Joint Safety Forum - Tuesday, October 10, 2023

The seminars were held on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) in Alsip, Illinois.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Safety Committee along with the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA Safety Committee was proud to sponsor two programs, "NFPA 70B: Standard for Electrical Equipment Maintenance" - 2 hours, and “NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace" - 4 hour Refresher.  The seminars were held on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) in Alsip, Illinois. 

NECA 2023 Convention & Trade Show Highlights
10/05/2023

NECA 2023 Convention & Trade Show Highlights

The Convention was held September 29 - October 2 in Philadelphia.

The NECA Convention & Trade Show was held September 29, 2023 - October 2, 2023 in Philadelphia.

NECA 2024 Midwestern Regional Conference -March 11-14, 2024 - Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas
09/22/2023

NECA 2024 Midwestern Regional Conference -March 11-14, 2024 - Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas

The program will take place in Paradise Island, Bahamas on March 11-14, 2024.

The NECA 2024 Midwestern Regional Conference will take place in Paradise Island, Bahamas on March 11-14, 2024. Join us at the legendary Atlantis Resort to network with industry leaders, learn from the best, and hear from insightful speakers! 

Boy Scouts of America – Pathway to Adventure Council’s Construction Industry Dinner
09/22/2023

Boy Scouts of America – Pathway to Adventure Council’s Construction Industry Dinner

The program was held on September 21, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago congratulates Mallory Gurtz, Gurtz Electric Company as the 2023 Chair of the Boy Scouts of America – Pathway to Adventure Council’s Construction Industry Dinner event. 

RECAP: 2023 ECA Summer Social!
08/21/2023

RECAP: 2023 ECA Summer Social!

The event was held at The Offshore Rooftop Bar- Navy Pier - Chicago.

The ECA membership had an amazing time at the Offshore Rooftop Bar at Navy Pier!

Powering Chicago's YouTube Series Episode 6 Coming Soon - August 20, 2023.
08/15/2023

Powering Chicago's YouTube Series Episode 6 Coming Soon - August 20, 2023.

Episode 6 of The Power of Better, drops this Sunday! Subscribe to Powering Chicago's YouTube Channel to catch all the episodes

In the latest episode of The Power of Better, District 230 partners with Powering Chicago signatory electrical contractor Low Voltage Solutions located in Lockport, Illinois.

“Empower Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2023” Sales Training program concludes.
07/27/2023

“Empower Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2023” Sales Training program concludes.

The program was held at the Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook Conference Center.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee was proud to have presented the six-session “Empower Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2023” Sales Training program facilitated by Sean Samson, Sean Samson Training, Ltd. 

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NECA 2024 Labor Relations Conference - July 17 - 19, 2024
07/19/2024

NECA 2024 Labor Relations Conference - July 17 - 19, 2024

Program was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston, MA.

The NECA 2024 Labor Relations Conference was held on July 17 – 19, 2024 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston, MA. The program brought together officers and Chapter staff of many NECA Chapters from across the country.

Fox Business: Suicide Rate Among Construction Workers Hits Crisis Levels
07/01/2024

Fox Business: Suicide Rate Among Construction Workers Hits Crisis Levels

The construction industry has one of the highest suicide rates compared to other industries, the CDC said.

Kevin O’Shea, president of Shamrock Electric Co., Inc., has one vital message to construction workers who are struggling with their mental health: call him. It's a message he shares as much as possible, given the growing number of suicides among workers in the industry.

ECA 52nd Annual Spring Conference (June 12 - 13, 2024)
06/14/2024

ECA 52nd Annual Spring Conference (June 12 - 13, 2024)

Program was held at The American Club in Kohler, WI.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its 52nd Annual Spring Conference on Wednesday, June 12 – Thursday, 13, 2024 at The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin. The conference had 86 registrants!

2024 FWC Women Rock: Annual Awards Reception
06/07/2024

2024 FWC Women Rock: Annual Awards Reception

The program was held at the Offshore Rooftop in Chicago, IL.

On June 5, 2024, the Federation of Women Contractors (FWC) celebrated 35 years of Women Rocking the Industry at the Offshore Rooftop at Navy Pier.

NECA Safety Professionals Conference - May 20 - 22, 2024
05/23/2024

NECA Safety Professionals Conference - May 20 - 22, 2024

Program was held at the Gaylord Rockies Resort in Aurora, CO.

The NECA Safety Professionals Conference was held May 20 – 22, 2024 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort in Aurora, Colorado. This conference had the largest number of registrants – over 400 - in it’s history.

2024 Midwest Solar Expo - May 20 - 22, 2024
05/22/2024

2024 Midwest Solar Expo - May 20 - 22, 2024

The program was held at the DES Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.

The Midwest Solar Expo, held from May 20 to 22, 2024, brought together manufacturers, distributors, developers, policymakers, and other solar industry leaders to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

Apprentice Graduation Ceremony - May 18, 2024
05/18/2024

Apprentice Graduation Ceremony - May 18, 2024

Program was held at IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) in Alsip, IL.

The Apprentice Graduation Ceremony was held on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) in Alsip, IL. Nearly 200 graduates of the “A” Program and over 30 graduates for the “C” Program. The event featured a number of industry speakers and special recognitions.

ECA May Membership Meeting Highlights (May 15, 2024)
05/16/2024

ECA May Membership Meeting Highlights (May 15, 2024)

Program was held at Truluck's Restaurant in Rosemont, IL.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its May Membership meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at Truluck’s Restaurant in Rosemont, IL. Over 50 attendees were on hand for the industry updates and special presentations.

Chicago Commons 130th Anniversary Gala
05/13/2024

Chicago Commons 130th Anniversary Gala

The program was held at Morgan Manufacturing in Chicago, IL.

Chicago Commons held their 130th Anniversary Gala on Friday, May 10, 2024, at Morgan Manufacturing in Chicago. Powering Chicago was proud to be a Robinson Sponsor for this event.

NECA Legislative Conference (May 6 -8, 2024)
05/10/2024

NECA Legislative Conference (May 6 -8, 2024)

Program was held at the Salamander Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The 2024 NECA Legislative Conference was held May 6 – 8, 2024 in Washington, D.C. The conference was held at the Salamander Hotel.

CBC Annual Merit Awards (5/9/24)
05/10/2024

CBC Annual Merit Awards (5/9/24)

Program was held at Morgan Manufacturing in Chicago, IL

The Chicago Building Congress (CBC) held their Annual Merit Awards Program on Thursday, May 9, 2024. The evening event was held at Morton Manufacturing in Chicago, IL. Powering Chicago was a Platinum Sponsor for the event. A number of ECA member firms were in the running for the 10 categories of recently completed projects.

IACT Green Drives Conference & Expo
05/10/2024

IACT Green Drives Conference & Expo

The program was held at the IBEW - NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, IL.

IMSCA 2024 Lobby Day (4/30/24)
05/02/2024

IMSCA 2024 Lobby Day (4/30/24)

Program was held in Springfield, IL (varied sites)

The Illinois Mechanical Special Contractors Association (IMSCA) held its 2024 Lobby Day on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 in Springfield, IL

“Workplace Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Training" -- Local 701 MAP Update -- Local 134 ERS Update / Construction Industry Alliance Update - (ECA / NECA Safety Forum) -- Friday, April 26, 2024
04/29/2024

“Workplace Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Training" -- Local 701 MAP Update -- Local 134 ERS Update / Construction Industry Alliance Update - (ECA / NECA Safety Forum) -- Friday, April 26, 2024

Program was held at DuPage / Local 701 JATC in Warrenville, IL.

The recent Joint Safety Forum, "Workplace Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Training," hosted by the Safety Committee's of the Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) and the Northeastern Illinois Chapter of NECA, as well as by PowerForward DuPage was well attended. Over 40 registered for the complimentary program that was held on April 26, 2025 at DuPage / Local 701 JATC in Warrenville, IL. The Forum also included presentations which included a Local 701 MAP update, Local 134 MAP and ECA ERS update and a Construction Industry Alliance Suicide Prevention update.

CISCO 36th Annual Luncheon (4/26/24)
04/29/2024

CISCO 36th Annual Luncheon (4/26/24)

Program was held at Harry Caray’s Restaurant in Lombard, IL.

The 36th Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) Annual Luncheon was held on Friday, April 26, 2024. The well-attended event was held at Harry Caray’s Restaurant in Lombard, IL.

NECA Emerge Conference
04/17/2024

NECA Emerge Conference

Program was held at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, NV

The inaugural NECA Emerge Conference was held April 15 – 17, 2024 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The Conference had over 500 registrants.

ECA  April Membership Meeting
04/12/2024

ECA April Membership Meeting

The program was held at the Union League Club of Chicago.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA), held its April Membership meeting on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at the Union Leage Club of Chicago. The luncheon program featured industry updates, and guest presentations from Grant Ullrich, Managing Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Department of Buildings (DOB) and Jared Policicchio, Deputy Commissioner, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer who discussed Chicago's proposed "Clean and Affordable Buildings Ordinance."

"Reasonable Suspicion" Seminar
04/12/2024

"Reasonable Suspicion" Seminar

Program was held at Maggiano's Banquets in Oak Brook, IL.

The ECA Safety Committee and the ECA Research and Education Committee were proud to have sponsored the "Reasonable Suspicion" seminar. The complimentary program was held on Thursday, April 11, 2024 at Maggiano's Banquets in Oak Brook, IL. The session was facilitated by Bill Heffernan, co-founder of Employee Resource Systems, Inc. (ERS) and ScreenSafe, Inc.

"Contracting with M/WBE Vendors- The Do's and The Don'ts" Seminar
04/12/2024

"Contracting with M/WBE Vendors- The Do's and The Don'ts" Seminar

Program was held at the Union League Club of Chicago.

The ECA Research and Education Committee and the ECA DEI Committee proudly sponsored a complimentary program called, "Contracting with M/WBE Vendors- The Do's and The Don'ts" Seminar. This was a Pre-Membership Meeting event that was held on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at the Union League Club of Chicago. The featured presenter was Jaemie L. Neely, Executive Director, Federation of Women Contractors.

68th Annual Paddy's Day Luncheon
03/19/2024

68th Annual Paddy's Day Luncheon

The program was held at the Chicago Hilton & Towers.

NECA Midwestern Regional Conference - March 11 - 14, 2024
03/13/2024

NECA Midwestern Regional Conference - March 11 - 14, 2024

Program was held at the Atlantis Resort - Paradise Island, Bahamas.

NECA Midwestern Regional Conference March 11 – 14, 2024 Atlantis Resort Paradise Island, Bahamas

ECA March Regular Membership Meeting - March 5, 2024.
03/06/2024

ECA March Regular Membership Meeting - March 5, 2024.

Program was held at Drury Lane Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) March Membership Meeting was held on Tuesday, March 5 , 2024, at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

ECA February Regular Membership Meeting - February 14, 2024.
02/16/2024

ECA February Regular Membership Meeting - February 14, 2024.

Program was held at Shaw's Crab House in Schaumburg, IL.

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) February Membership Meeting was held on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at Shaw's Crab House in Schaumburg, IL.

Basic Estimating of Electrical Construction Program
02/15/2024

Basic Estimating of Electrical Construction Program

Program was held at INTECH in Alsip, IL

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago’s (ECA’s) Research and Education Committee was pleased to have sponsored the “Basic Estimating of Electrical Construction” workshop being held on February 12 – 14, 2024 at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) in Alsip, IL.

Powering Chicago's YouTube Series released Episode 9 - January 28, 2024.
01/29/2024

Powering Chicago's YouTube Series released Episode 9 - January 28, 2024.

Subscribe to Powering Chicago's YouTube Channel to catch all the episodes

This series will focus on the innovations driving the electrical construction industry forward. Hosted by Powering Chicago’s Executive Director, Elbert Walters III, we’ll highlight new technologies and process improvements affecting architects, developers, end users, and facility managers throughout the electrical construction industry.

ECA January Regular Membership Meeting - January 24, 2024
01/26/2024

ECA January Regular Membership Meeting - January 24, 2024

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) January Membership Meeting was held on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at Maggiano's Banquets in Oak Brook, IL.

2024 CISCO Annual Meeting - January 19, 2024
01/22/2024

2024 CISCO Annual Meeting - January 19, 2024

Program was held at Harry Caray's in Lombard, IL.

The Construction Industry Service Corporation held its Annual Meeting on Friday, January 19, 2024, at Harry Caray's in Lombard, IL. 

2023 President's Party & Holiday Celebration: Recap Video
12/14/2023

2023 President's Party & Holiday Celebration: Recap Video

Here's What You Missed!

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its 2024 President's Party & Holiday Celebration on December 2, 2023, at the Union League Club of Chicago.

Powering Chicago's new YouTube Series released Episode 8 - December 10th, 2023.
12/11/2023

Powering Chicago's new YouTube Series released Episode 8 - December 10th, 2023.

Subscribe to Powering Chicago's YouTube Channel to catch all the episodes

Episode 8 of The Power of Better Presented by Powering Chicago unveils the extraordinary projects led by Powering Chicago’s Contractors and IBEW Local 134 Union Electricians. Join Elbert Walters III, Executive Director of Powering Chicago, as he guides us through a series of groundbreaking initiatives that redefine the standards of electrical craftsmanship and innovation.

2023 ECA President's Party & Holiday Celebration!
12/04/2023

2023 ECA President's Party & Holiday Celebration!

The ECA President's Party & Holiday Celebration was held on December 2, 2023

Highlights of the 2023 President's Party & Holiday Celebration.

Subscribe to Powering Chicago's LinkedIn Newsletter!
11/20/2023

Subscribe to Powering Chicago's LinkedIn Newsletter!

Stay Ahead in the Electrical Industry

In the ever-evolving world of electrical construction, commercial real estate, renewable energy, manufacturing, and public infrastructure, staying updated with the latest trends, technologies, and industry insights is crucial for maintaining a competitive edge.

"Succession Planning For Contractors: Following the Leader."  -- Thursday, November 16, 2023 
11/16/2023

"Succession Planning For Contractors: Following the Leader." -- Thursday, November 16, 2023 

Program was held at the Marriott Delta Hotel in Willowbrook, IL.

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) in conjunction with other area Construction Trade organizations, including: Plumbing Contractors Association, Mechanical Contractors Association, Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association, Northern Illinois Sprinkler Advisory Board, Eastern Illinois Chapter, NECA was proud to have helped sponsor the Seminar / Panel Discussion called, "Succession Planning For Contractors: Following the Leader."

"Auditing Your Tech Stack" -- Wednesday, November 15, 2023 
11/15/2023

"Auditing Your Tech Stack" -- Wednesday, November 15, 2023 

Program was held at the Hyatt Lodge Conference Center in Oak Brook, IL.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee was pleased to have sponsored the program, “Auditing Your Tech Stack.”  The morning session was held on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 and facilitated by Denise Devine, Partner and Operations Expert, SteelToe Consulting LLC.  The seminar was held at the Hyatt Lodge Conference Center in Oak Brook, IL. 

ECA November Regular Membership Meeting - November 8, 2023
11/09/2023

ECA November Regular Membership Meeting - November 8, 2023

Program was held at Maggiano's Little Italy, in Oak Brook, IL.

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) November Membership Meeting was held Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at Maggiano's Little Italy, in Oak Brook, IL.

EJATT Graduation Ceremony - October 28, 2023
10/29/2023

EJATT Graduation Ceremony - October 28, 2023

Program was held at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, IL.

An EJATT Graduation Ceremony was held Saturday, October 28, 2023, at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, IL.

Electric Association Membership Awards Ceremony
10/20/2023

Electric Association Membership Awards Ceremony

The seminar was held at the Carlisle in Lombard.

The Electric Association Membership Awards Dinner was held on Thursday, October 19, 2023, at the two ECA members: Gold Medal Award Winner - Richard Jamerson, Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc. and Hall of Fame - Jerry McGlynn, McWilliams Electric Company, Inc.

ECA October Regular Membership Meeting - October 18, 2023
10/20/2023

ECA October Regular Membership Meeting - October 18, 2023

Program was held at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, IL.

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) October Membership Meeting was held Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, IL.

"Diversifying Your Electrical Contracting Business" – Seminar - Tuesday, October 17, 2023 -
10/17/2023

"Diversifying Your Electrical Contracting Business" – Seminar - Tuesday, October 17, 2023 -

The seminar was held at the Hyatt Lodge Conference Center.

The ECA Research and Education Committee was pleased to have sponsored the seminar, “Diversifying Your Electrical Contracting Business.”  The two-hour session was held ON Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at the Hyatt Lodge Convention Center in Oak Brook.  The program was facilitated by Josh Bone, ELECTRI International Director.

NECA September 2023 Legislative Recap.
10/16/2023

NECA September 2023 Legislative Recap.

Please click the link for the re-cap.

NECA Government Affairs September Legislative Re-cap

ECA / NECA Joint Safety Forum - Tuesday, October 10, 2023
10/11/2023

ECA / NECA Joint Safety Forum - Tuesday, October 10, 2023

The seminars were held on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) in Alsip, Illinois.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Safety Committee along with the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA Safety Committee was proud to sponsor two programs, "NFPA 70B: Standard for Electrical Equipment Maintenance" - 2 hours, and “NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace" - 4 hour Refresher.  The seminars were held on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) in Alsip, Illinois. 

NECA 2023 Convention & Trade Show Highlights
10/05/2023

NECA 2023 Convention & Trade Show Highlights

The Convention was held September 29 - October 2 in Philadelphia.

The NECA Convention & Trade Show was held September 29, 2023 - October 2, 2023 in Philadelphia.

NECA 2024 Midwestern Regional Conference -March 11-14, 2024 - Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas
09/22/2023

NECA 2024 Midwestern Regional Conference -March 11-14, 2024 - Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas

The program will take place in Paradise Island, Bahamas on March 11-14, 2024.

The NECA 2024 Midwestern Regional Conference will take place in Paradise Island, Bahamas on March 11-14, 2024. Join us at the legendary Atlantis Resort to network with industry leaders, learn from the best, and hear from insightful speakers! 

Boy Scouts of America – Pathway to Adventure Council’s Construction Industry Dinner
09/22/2023

Boy Scouts of America – Pathway to Adventure Council’s Construction Industry Dinner

The program was held on September 21, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago congratulates Mallory Gurtz, Gurtz Electric Company as the 2023 Chair of the Boy Scouts of America – Pathway to Adventure Council’s Construction Industry Dinner event. 

RECAP: 2023 ECA Summer Social!
08/21/2023

RECAP: 2023 ECA Summer Social!

The event was held at The Offshore Rooftop Bar- Navy Pier - Chicago.

The ECA membership had an amazing time at the Offshore Rooftop Bar at Navy Pier!

Powering Chicago's YouTube Series Episode 6 Coming Soon - August 20, 2023.
08/15/2023

Powering Chicago's YouTube Series Episode 6 Coming Soon - August 20, 2023.

Episode 6 of The Power of Better, drops this Sunday! Subscribe to Powering Chicago's YouTube Channel to catch all the episodes

In the latest episode of The Power of Better, District 230 partners with Powering Chicago signatory electrical contractor Low Voltage Solutions located in Lockport, Illinois.

“Empower Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2023” Sales Training program concludes.
07/27/2023

“Empower Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2023” Sales Training program concludes.

The program was held at the Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook Conference Center.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee was proud to have presented the six-session “Empower Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2023” Sales Training program facilitated by Sean Samson, Sean Samson Training, Ltd. 

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NECA 2024 Labor Relations Conference - July 17 - 19, 2024
07/19/2024

NECA 2024 Labor Relations Conference - July 17 - 19, 2024

Program was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston, MA.

The NECA 2024 Labor Relations Conference was held on July 17 – 19, 2024 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston, MA. The program brought together officers and Chapter staff of many NECA Chapters from across the country.

Fox Business: Suicide Rate Among Construction Workers Hits Crisis Levels
07/01/2024

Fox Business: Suicide Rate Among Construction Workers Hits Crisis Levels

The construction industry has one of the highest suicide rates compared to other industries, the CDC said.

Kevin O’Shea, president of Shamrock Electric Co., Inc., has one vital message to construction workers who are struggling with their mental health: call him. It's a message he shares as much as possible, given the growing number of suicides among workers in the industry.

ECA 52nd Annual Spring Conference (June 12 - 13, 2024)
06/14/2024

ECA 52nd Annual Spring Conference (June 12 - 13, 2024)

Program was held at The American Club in Kohler, WI.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its 52nd Annual Spring Conference on Wednesday, June 12 – Thursday, 13, 2024 at The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin. The conference had 86 registrants!

2024 FWC Women Rock: Annual Awards Reception
06/07/2024

2024 FWC Women Rock: Annual Awards Reception

The program was held at the Offshore Rooftop in Chicago, IL.

On June 5, 2024, the Federation of Women Contractors (FWC) celebrated 35 years of Women Rocking the Industry at the Offshore Rooftop at Navy Pier.

NECA Safety Professionals Conference - May 20 - 22, 2024
05/23/2024

NECA Safety Professionals Conference - May 20 - 22, 2024

Program was held at the Gaylord Rockies Resort in Aurora, CO.

The NECA Safety Professionals Conference was held May 20 – 22, 2024 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort in Aurora, Colorado. This conference had the largest number of registrants – over 400 - in it’s history.

2024 Midwest Solar Expo - May 20 - 22, 2024
05/22/2024

2024 Midwest Solar Expo - May 20 - 22, 2024

The program was held at the DES Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.

The Midwest Solar Expo, held from May 20 to 22, 2024, brought together manufacturers, distributors, developers, policymakers, and other solar industry leaders to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

Apprentice Graduation Ceremony - May 18, 2024
05/18/2024

Apprentice Graduation Ceremony - May 18, 2024

Program was held at IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) in Alsip, IL.

The Apprentice Graduation Ceremony was held on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) in Alsip, IL. Nearly 200 graduates of the “A” Program and over 30 graduates for the “C” Program. The event featured a number of industry speakers and special recognitions.

ECA May Membership Meeting Highlights (May 15, 2024)
05/16/2024

ECA May Membership Meeting Highlights (May 15, 2024)

Program was held at Truluck's Restaurant in Rosemont, IL.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its May Membership meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at Truluck’s Restaurant in Rosemont, IL. Over 50 attendees were on hand for the industry updates and special presentations.

Chicago Commons 130th Anniversary Gala
05/13/2024

Chicago Commons 130th Anniversary Gala

The program was held at Morgan Manufacturing in Chicago, IL.

Chicago Commons held their 130th Anniversary Gala on Friday, May 10, 2024, at Morgan Manufacturing in Chicago. Powering Chicago was proud to be a Robinson Sponsor for this event.

NECA Legislative Conference (May 6 -8, 2024)
05/10/2024

NECA Legislative Conference (May 6 -8, 2024)

Program was held at the Salamander Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The 2024 NECA Legislative Conference was held May 6 – 8, 2024 in Washington, D.C. The conference was held at the Salamander Hotel.

CBC Annual Merit Awards (5/9/24)
05/10/2024

CBC Annual Merit Awards (5/9/24)

Program was held at Morgan Manufacturing in Chicago, IL

The Chicago Building Congress (CBC) held their Annual Merit Awards Program on Thursday, May 9, 2024. The evening event was held at Morton Manufacturing in Chicago, IL. Powering Chicago was a Platinum Sponsor for the event. A number of ECA member firms were in the running for the 10 categories of recently completed projects.

IACT Green Drives Conference & Expo
05/10/2024

IACT Green Drives Conference & Expo

The program was held at the IBEW - NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, IL.

IMSCA 2024 Lobby Day (4/30/24)
05/02/2024

IMSCA 2024 Lobby Day (4/30/24)

Program was held in Springfield, IL (varied sites)

The Illinois Mechanical Special Contractors Association (IMSCA) held its 2024 Lobby Day on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 in Springfield, IL

“Workplace Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Training" -- Local 701 MAP Update -- Local 134 ERS Update / Construction Industry Alliance Update - (ECA / NECA Safety Forum) -- Friday, April 26, 2024
04/29/2024

“Workplace Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Training" -- Local 701 MAP Update -- Local 134 ERS Update / Construction Industry Alliance Update - (ECA / NECA Safety Forum) -- Friday, April 26, 2024

Program was held at DuPage / Local 701 JATC in Warrenville, IL.

The recent Joint Safety Forum, "Workplace Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Training," hosted by the Safety Committee's of the Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) and the Northeastern Illinois Chapter of NECA, as well as by PowerForward DuPage was well attended. Over 40 registered for the complimentary program that was held on April 26, 2025 at DuPage / Local 701 JATC in Warrenville, IL. The Forum also included presentations which included a Local 701 MAP update, Local 134 MAP and ECA ERS update and a Construction Industry Alliance Suicide Prevention update.

CISCO 36th Annual Luncheon (4/26/24)
04/29/2024

CISCO 36th Annual Luncheon (4/26/24)

Program was held at Harry Caray’s Restaurant in Lombard, IL.

The 36th Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) Annual Luncheon was held on Friday, April 26, 2024. The well-attended event was held at Harry Caray’s Restaurant in Lombard, IL.

NECA Emerge Conference
04/17/2024

NECA Emerge Conference

Program was held at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, NV

The inaugural NECA Emerge Conference was held April 15 – 17, 2024 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The Conference had over 500 registrants.

ECA  April Membership Meeting
04/12/2024

ECA April Membership Meeting

The program was held at the Union League Club of Chicago.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA), held its April Membership meeting on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at the Union Leage Club of Chicago. The luncheon program featured industry updates, and guest presentations from Grant Ullrich, Managing Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Department of Buildings (DOB) and Jared Policicchio, Deputy Commissioner, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer who discussed Chicago's proposed "Clean and Affordable Buildings Ordinance."

"Reasonable Suspicion" Seminar
04/12/2024

"Reasonable Suspicion" Seminar

Program was held at Maggiano's Banquets in Oak Brook, IL.

The ECA Safety Committee and the ECA Research and Education Committee were proud to have sponsored the "Reasonable Suspicion" seminar. The complimentary program was held on Thursday, April 11, 2024 at Maggiano's Banquets in Oak Brook, IL. The session was facilitated by Bill Heffernan, co-founder of Employee Resource Systems, Inc. (ERS) and ScreenSafe, Inc.

"Contracting with M/WBE Vendors- The Do's and The Don'ts" Seminar
04/12/2024

"Contracting with M/WBE Vendors- The Do's and The Don'ts" Seminar

Program was held at the Union League Club of Chicago.

The ECA Research and Education Committee and the ECA DEI Committee proudly sponsored a complimentary program called, "Contracting with M/WBE Vendors- The Do's and The Don'ts" Seminar. This was a Pre-Membership Meeting event that was held on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at the Union League Club of Chicago. The featured presenter was Jaemie L. Neely, Executive Director, Federation of Women Contractors.

68th Annual Paddy's Day Luncheon
03/19/2024

68th Annual Paddy's Day Luncheon

The program was held at the Chicago Hilton & Towers.

NECA Midwestern Regional Conference - March 11 - 14, 2024
03/13/2024

NECA Midwestern Regional Conference - March 11 - 14, 2024

Program was held at the Atlantis Resort - Paradise Island, Bahamas.

NECA Midwestern Regional Conference March 11 – 14, 2024 Atlantis Resort Paradise Island, Bahamas

ECA March Regular Membership Meeting - March 5, 2024.
03/06/2024

ECA March Regular Membership Meeting - March 5, 2024.

Program was held at Drury Lane Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) March Membership Meeting was held on Tuesday, March 5 , 2024, at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

ECA February Regular Membership Meeting - February 14, 2024.
02/16/2024

ECA February Regular Membership Meeting - February 14, 2024.

Program was held at Shaw's Crab House in Schaumburg, IL.

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) February Membership Meeting was held on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at Shaw's Crab House in Schaumburg, IL.

Basic Estimating of Electrical Construction Program
02/15/2024

Basic Estimating of Electrical Construction Program

Program was held at INTECH in Alsip, IL

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago’s (ECA’s) Research and Education Committee was pleased to have sponsored the “Basic Estimating of Electrical Construction” workshop being held on February 12 – 14, 2024 at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) in Alsip, IL.

Powering Chicago's YouTube Series released Episode 9 - January 28, 2024.
01/29/2024

Powering Chicago's YouTube Series released Episode 9 - January 28, 2024.

Subscribe to Powering Chicago's YouTube Channel to catch all the episodes

This series will focus on the innovations driving the electrical construction industry forward. Hosted by Powering Chicago’s Executive Director, Elbert Walters III, we’ll highlight new technologies and process improvements affecting architects, developers, end users, and facility managers throughout the electrical construction industry.

ECA January Regular Membership Meeting - January 24, 2024
01/26/2024

ECA January Regular Membership Meeting - January 24, 2024

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) January Membership Meeting was held on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at Maggiano's Banquets in Oak Brook, IL.

2024 CISCO Annual Meeting - January 19, 2024
01/22/2024

2024 CISCO Annual Meeting - January 19, 2024

Program was held at Harry Caray's in Lombard, IL.

The Construction Industry Service Corporation held its Annual Meeting on Friday, January 19, 2024, at Harry Caray's in Lombard, IL. 

2023 President's Party & Holiday Celebration: Recap Video
12/14/2023

2023 President's Party & Holiday Celebration: Recap Video

Here's What You Missed!

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its 2024 President's Party & Holiday Celebration on December 2, 2023, at the Union League Club of Chicago.

Powering Chicago's new YouTube Series released Episode 8 - December 10th, 2023.
12/11/2023

Powering Chicago's new YouTube Series released Episode 8 - December 10th, 2023.

Subscribe to Powering Chicago's YouTube Channel to catch all the episodes

Episode 8 of The Power of Better Presented by Powering Chicago unveils the extraordinary projects led by Powering Chicago’s Contractors and IBEW Local 134 Union Electricians. Join Elbert Walters III, Executive Director of Powering Chicago, as he guides us through a series of groundbreaking initiatives that redefine the standards of electrical craftsmanship and innovation.

2023 ECA President's Party & Holiday Celebration!
12/04/2023

2023 ECA President's Party & Holiday Celebration!

The ECA President's Party & Holiday Celebration was held on December 2, 2023

Highlights of the 2023 President's Party & Holiday Celebration.

Subscribe to Powering Chicago's LinkedIn Newsletter!
11/20/2023

Subscribe to Powering Chicago's LinkedIn Newsletter!

Stay Ahead in the Electrical Industry

In the ever-evolving world of electrical construction, commercial real estate, renewable energy, manufacturing, and public infrastructure, staying updated with the latest trends, technologies, and industry insights is crucial for maintaining a competitive edge.

"Succession Planning For Contractors: Following the Leader."  -- Thursday, November 16, 2023 
11/16/2023

"Succession Planning For Contractors: Following the Leader." -- Thursday, November 16, 2023 

Program was held at the Marriott Delta Hotel in Willowbrook, IL.

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) in conjunction with other area Construction Trade organizations, including: Plumbing Contractors Association, Mechanical Contractors Association, Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association, Northern Illinois Sprinkler Advisory Board, Eastern Illinois Chapter, NECA was proud to have helped sponsor the Seminar / Panel Discussion called, "Succession Planning For Contractors: Following the Leader."

"Auditing Your Tech Stack" -- Wednesday, November 15, 2023 
11/15/2023

"Auditing Your Tech Stack" -- Wednesday, November 15, 2023 

Program was held at the Hyatt Lodge Conference Center in Oak Brook, IL.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee was pleased to have sponsored the program, “Auditing Your Tech Stack.”  The morning session was held on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 and facilitated by Denise Devine, Partner and Operations Expert, SteelToe Consulting LLC.  The seminar was held at the Hyatt Lodge Conference Center in Oak Brook, IL. 

ECA November Regular Membership Meeting - November 8, 2023
11/09/2023

ECA November Regular Membership Meeting - November 8, 2023

Program was held at Maggiano's Little Italy, in Oak Brook, IL.

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) November Membership Meeting was held Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at Maggiano's Little Italy, in Oak Brook, IL.

EJATT Graduation Ceremony - October 28, 2023
10/29/2023

EJATT Graduation Ceremony - October 28, 2023

Program was held at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, IL.

An EJATT Graduation Ceremony was held Saturday, October 28, 2023, at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, IL.

Electric Association Membership Awards Ceremony
10/20/2023

Electric Association Membership Awards Ceremony

The seminar was held at the Carlisle in Lombard.

The Electric Association Membership Awards Dinner was held on Thursday, October 19, 2023, at the two ECA members: Gold Medal Award Winner - Richard Jamerson, Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc. and Hall of Fame - Jerry McGlynn, McWilliams Electric Company, Inc.

ECA October Regular Membership Meeting - October 18, 2023
10/20/2023

ECA October Regular Membership Meeting - October 18, 2023

Program was held at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, IL.

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) October Membership Meeting was held Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, IL.

"Diversifying Your Electrical Contracting Business" – Seminar - Tuesday, October 17, 2023 -
10/17/2023

"Diversifying Your Electrical Contracting Business" – Seminar - Tuesday, October 17, 2023 -

The seminar was held at the Hyatt Lodge Conference Center.

The ECA Research and Education Committee was pleased to have sponsored the seminar, “Diversifying Your Electrical Contracting Business.”  The two-hour session was held ON Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at the Hyatt Lodge Convention Center in Oak Brook.  The program was facilitated by Josh Bone, ELECTRI International Director.

NECA September 2023 Legislative Recap.
10/16/2023

NECA September 2023 Legislative Recap.

Please click the link for the re-cap.

NECA Government Affairs September Legislative Re-cap

ECA / NECA Joint Safety Forum - Tuesday, October 10, 2023
10/11/2023

ECA / NECA Joint Safety Forum - Tuesday, October 10, 2023

The seminars were held on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) in Alsip, Illinois.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Safety Committee along with the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA Safety Committee was proud to sponsor two programs, "NFPA 70B: Standard for Electrical Equipment Maintenance" - 2 hours, and “NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace" - 4 hour Refresher.  The seminars were held on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) in Alsip, Illinois. 

NECA 2023 Convention & Trade Show Highlights
10/05/2023

NECA 2023 Convention & Trade Show Highlights

The Convention was held September 29 - October 2 in Philadelphia.

The NECA Convention & Trade Show was held September 29, 2023 - October 2, 2023 in Philadelphia.

NECA 2024 Midwestern Regional Conference -March 11-14, 2024 - Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas
09/22/2023

NECA 2024 Midwestern Regional Conference -March 11-14, 2024 - Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas

The program will take place in Paradise Island, Bahamas on March 11-14, 2024.

The NECA 2024 Midwestern Regional Conference will take place in Paradise Island, Bahamas on March 11-14, 2024. Join us at the legendary Atlantis Resort to network with industry leaders, learn from the best, and hear from insightful speakers! 

Boy Scouts of America – Pathway to Adventure Council’s Construction Industry Dinner
09/22/2023

Boy Scouts of America – Pathway to Adventure Council’s Construction Industry Dinner

The program was held on September 21, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago congratulates Mallory Gurtz, Gurtz Electric Company as the 2023 Chair of the Boy Scouts of America – Pathway to Adventure Council’s Construction Industry Dinner event. 

RECAP: 2023 ECA Summer Social!
08/21/2023

RECAP: 2023 ECA Summer Social!

The event was held at The Offshore Rooftop Bar- Navy Pier - Chicago.

The ECA membership had an amazing time at the Offshore Rooftop Bar at Navy Pier!

Powering Chicago's YouTube Series Episode 6 Coming Soon - August 20, 2023.
08/15/2023

Powering Chicago's YouTube Series Episode 6 Coming Soon - August 20, 2023.

Episode 6 of The Power of Better, drops this Sunday! Subscribe to Powering Chicago's YouTube Channel to catch all the episodes

In the latest episode of The Power of Better, District 230 partners with Powering Chicago signatory electrical contractor Low Voltage Solutions located in Lockport, Illinois.

“Empower Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2023” Sales Training program concludes.
07/27/2023

“Empower Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2023” Sales Training program concludes.

The program was held at the Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook Conference Center.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee was proud to have presented the six-session “Empower Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2023” Sales Training program facilitated by Sean Samson, Sean Samson Training, Ltd. 

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Safety News & Resources

NECA Podcast Network
02/02/2024

NECA Podcast Network

NECA Safety Round Up

Prepare to learn about laws and policies that spread into everything from FLSA, Immigration, FACTA, Title VII, ADA, and FMLA to Workers Comp, Leaves, and Return-to-Work procedures. Other episodes revolve around protective cover, safety leadership, OSHA and Safety training practices, JSAs, HSAs, and job briefings, as well as incident investigation.

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