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September 2018 LiveWire Newsletter
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Upcoming Events

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



September 5, 2018

ECA Regular Membership Meeting

Swift & Sons Restaurant

Chicago, IL




September 19, 2018

"Interviewing Skills" Seminar

Drake Oak Brook Hotel

Oak Brook, IL




September 26, 2018


Technologies Forum

All Industry Golf Outing

Bloomingdale Golf Club

Registration at:




Sept. 29 -October 2, 2018

NECA Convention &

Trade Show

Philadelphia, PA




October 10, 2018

ECA Regular Membership Meeting

Smith & Wollensky's Restaurant

Chicago, IL




October 17, 2018
"Are You a Project Manager or a Project Witness?"

Drake Oak Brook Hotel

Oak Brook, IL




October 18, 2018

Electric Association

Membership Awards Dinner

Carlisle Banquets

Lombard, IL




October 24, 2018

Industry Coordinating Committee seminar:

"Workplace Violence

(Active Shooter)"

Maggiano's Banquets

Oak Brook, IL



November 14 - 16, 2018


McCormick Place

Chicago, IL





November 15, 2018

"Benefits of NECA"

Drake Oak Brook Hotel

Oak Brook, IL



December 12, 2018

ECA Holiday Luncheon

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

12 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL


Quick Links


ECA Website
(The collective bargaining agreements, industry statistics, among other industry information is available on the website.

No log-in is required.)

NECA Website

LMCC Website

Local Union #134, IBEW Website






NECA Government Affairs Request  for Assistance


In an effort to assess the contracting status of NECA's membership, NECA Government Affairs is in the process of identifying NECA contractors that are participating in the following programs by the U.S. Small Business Administration:


  • Women owned small business federal contracting program
  • Serviced Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Program
  • 8A business development program
  • Small Mentor-Protégée program
  • HUBZone Program

If your firm participates in any of the above categories, please contact Jessica Cardenas, Director NECA Government Affairs at: 








Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago


Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA

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

Dear Industry Associate,

Please review this month's LiveWire newsletter. We hope you enjoy the local and national industry updates.

ECA Boat Cruise Highlights

The ECA was proud to sponsor an end of Summer event. A Chicago Architectural Foundation River Cruise on Chicago's First Lady was scheduled for Thursday, August 23, 2018. All who attended enjoyed the complimentary event where there was a wonderful guided tour, plenty of food, drinks and fun!

Picturesque view of the City from the Boat.



NECA 2018 Project Excellence Award

ECA / NECA Programming /


NECA 2018 Project Excellence Award


Aldridge Electric, Inc. has won the 2018 NECA Project Excellence Award in the Transportation & Infrastructure category for their work on the New Washington Wabash CTA Elevated Station.


NECA established the Project Excellence Award in 2017 toshowcase the exceptional work being performed by its members throughout the country.Aldridge Electric, Inc. will be recognized along with this year's other winners during NECA's annual convention in Philadelphia on September 29 - October 2, 2018.


Go learn more about the NECA Project Excellence Awards. Congratulations, Aldridge Electric, Inc. on this prestigious industry award!



Upcoming ECA Seminars


The ECA Research and Education Committee is proud to sponsor three programs in the Fall: "Interviewing Skills" leads off on September 19th, "Are You a Project Manager or a Project Witness" is on October 17th and "Benefits of NECA" is on November 15th. Please click on the "Learn More" tab below for information and registration for these programs.



ECA Young Professionals Event


The ECA Young Professionals Committee recently held an ECA Young Professionals Group outing on July 25, 2018. The guest speaker wasL. Joe "Joey" Shorter, Ph.D.,Executive Director ELECTRIand NECA Director of Research.He discussed various innovations in technology that have advanced this industry and opportunities for contractors to utilize these tools to improve their business.


Pictured above is Joey Shorter, NECA Director of Research,

as he started his presentation.


Pictured above is Joey Shorter, NECA Director of Research,

as he introduced one of several informational videos.



NECA On-line Training


To provide more resources to members, NECA has partnered with online training provider Open Sesame to offer some of the more than 20,000 courses in their online training catalog. To kick off this offering, NECA has curated a list of 40 general business and office courses for our membership. A full list of courses can be viewed on the NECA Learning Centerhere. Course price varies based on length, with more than half under $20 and all under $40! NECA looks forward to releasing additional curated courses in the weeks ahead.


November 14 - 16, 2018


Registration is now OPEN for the 2018 Greenbuild Conference and Expo this November in Chicago! Check out all the education sessions, summits, and toursand then register for the sessions and events you want today. Buddy Guy, Blues Guitar Legend is the headliner.


Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is the face to face experience for sustainability in the built environment. It's for professionals in architecture, construction, engineering, planning, and interior design who depend on thoughtful and ethical solutions which promote wellness and resiliency in construction and urban development. Sustainability is the foundation of Greenbuild. Greenbuild is the only event genuinely dedicated to sustainability in the built environment, from the sessions we present to the products on the show floor to the way the event is produced. By participating with Greenbuild, you can return to the field armed with the education and discoveries that will empower your decisions, influence your actions, and inspire your dialogue-prompting you to share sustainability with others.

The theme for Greenbuild 2018 is Human By Nature.

The green building movement embraces all of humanity by making sustainable buildings and environments accessible to everyone, and in doing so, benefits the natural environment all around us. We are helping people understand their role in protecting and preserving the natural environment and leveraging the built environment to:

  1. Enhance human health and wellbeing
  2. Ensure resiliency
  3. Mitigate climate change
  4. Enhance community and social equity
  5. Restore and protect our ecosystems
  6. Enhance building efficiency and performance
  7. Promote sustainable design

ECA Chicago Members know as well as anyone - green building isn't a temporary fad, and it's more than a movement; it's a responsibility. We all have a hand in it. Let's commit to a brighter future - one where sustainable buildings and environments are accessible to everyone. Immerse yourself in three days of education, or explore the floor, courtesy of ECA Chicago. 


Registration is available for Greenbuild - the in-person experience for sustainability in the built environment. The event is this November at McCormick Place.

Learn more about why you should attend, and then register for a four-day or three-day conference pass. Or, explore the floor, courtesy of ECA Chicago! Use code REGIONALGB18L2 at registration. The expo hall is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Wednesday, November 14, and Thursday, November 15.


Please click on the "Learn More" link for registration information.



Safety Update

CSC September Schedule

For a listing of coursework available through the Construction Safety Council (CSC) for the month of September 2018, please click on the

Industry Statistics - June 2018


Stay on top of monthly data for our industry: number of contractors active, quantity of people employed and total hours worked.


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