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July 27, 2017

The jury for ELECTRI International’s Green Energy Challenge has selected the NECA Student Chapters at Iowa State University, University of Washington and University of Toronto as this year’s finalist teams.

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July 20, 2017

NECA chapters are forming student chapters at colleges and universities to find and introduce aspiring young construction students to the benefits of the Powering America team.

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June 13, 2017

Young faculty members from research institutions in Arizona, Wisconsin, and Michigan have entered project proposals for ELECTRI International’s Early Career Awards competition.

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June 13, 2017

Two outstanding Student Passport Initiatives will be reviewed by the ELECTRI Council at its July 2017 meeting.

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May 18, 2017

As ELECTRI International moves into its grant-making season, interest is high among faculty investigators and NECA Student Chapters for available awards.

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March 30, 2017

During ELECTRI’s recent Cross Border Meeting in Belize, participants heard first-hand what electrical contractors had to do – or “make do” to survive.

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March 16, 2017

ELECTRI International is seeking proposals for its Early Career Awards program from research organizations/researchers interested in studying topics broadly relating to Electrical Construction.  The Foundation’s proposal review process is open to any qualified young faculty researcher inter

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February 17, 2017

ELECTRI International’s Student Passport Initiative offers NECA Student Chapters meaningful service learning experiences in developing communities in the United States or abroad. Each winning Student Chapter Team will work to meet a critical need for new or upgr

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February 6, 2017

The 9th Annual ELECTRI International/NECA Student Chapter Competition is now open. ELECTRI International and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) are pleased to announce The Green Energy Challenge (GEC) competition launch.

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February 2, 2017

At its recent ELECTRI Council meeting in California, the ELECTRI Council voted to initiate its 2017 research agenda with a variety of projects that are vital to the EC industry’s strength and continued growth.

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October 14, 2016

Final Student Chapter team presentations for the ELECTRI International Green Energy Challenge (GEC) Competition took place during the NECA Convention in Boston.  In front of a packed house, the three teams each presented their retrofit and renovation project to the ELECTRI

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December 28, 2015

Join ELECTRI International in Cartagena, Colombia, March 16–18, 2016 for our 11th annual Cross-Border Meeting. This is a unique opportunity to hear from key EC industry professionals from Canada, Honduras, Mexico, Ecuador, the United States and our host country Colombia.

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November 6, 2015

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May 26, 2015

When the ELECTRI Council meets in Chicago this July, its members will hear presentations from three young researchers, each hoping to be selected for an ELECTRI International Early Career Award.  ELECTRI will make an unrestricted grant of up to $9,000 to t

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April 28, 2015

ELECTRI International has sponsored important research on the ways that change orders have an impact on the construction industry. Those results are now bearing fruit across the country.

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April 21, 2015

The 2015 Green Energy Challenge, sponsored annually by ELECTRI International, is now in high gear.

Six EC industry leaders (see jury list below) will review a total of 14 proposals.

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April 14, 2015

ELECTRI International has received confirmation that the Student Passport Initiative in Honduras is now complete. In 2014, Penn State's NECA Student Chapter team received a $20,000 award from ELECTRI for winning the 1st Student Passport Competition in 2014.

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April 11, 2015

Merida, the historic capital of Yucatan, Mexico, welcomed 45 contractors and guests for ELECTRI International’s 2015 Cross-Border Meeting.

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April 6, 2015

Mosaic Learning, headquartered in Columbia, MD, has joined the ELECTRI Council at the $100,000 Founder level.  Michael Callanan, CEO, recently outlined the reasons that the company made the decision to become more involved with ELECTRI International.

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April 2, 2015

ELECTRI International's Program Review Committee Chair Jerry Hayes (United Electric, Atlanta) has appointed the members of ELECTRI's 2015

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March 20, 2015

Signatory ECs work hard to maintain client relationships and to find ways to become more competitive with non-union contractors. The IBEW wants to increase man-hours and market share, as well as organize non-union ECs.

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March 18, 2015

NECA’s Southern Nevada Chapter is the newest $100,000 Founder on the ELECTRI Council. Following the January ELECTRI Council meeting, we met with Chapter Executive Donald V.

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March 13, 2015

ELECTRI International is hosting a Green Energy Challenge webinar for NECA Student Chapters that are entering the 2015 competition.

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March 13, 2015

ELECTRI International has received confirmation that the Student Passport Initiative in Roatan, Honduras is now complete.

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March 13, 2015

ELECTRI International – The Foundation for Electrical Construction is now accepting proposals for its 2015 research grants to be initiated by younger, Assistant Professor faculty members at universities across the country.

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March 12, 2015

NECA’s Southern Nevada Chapter is the newest $100,000 Founder on the ELECTRI Council. Following the January ELECTRI Council meeting, we met with Chapter Executive Donald V.

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March 11, 2015

General Cable has joined the ELECTRI Council as a $100,000 Founder. This Fortune 500 Company, headquartered in Kentucky, has been a wire and cable innovator for over 170 years.

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March 2, 2015

ELECTRI International is sponsoring a competition for NECA Student Chapters and will award up to $20,000 to the winning NECA Student Chapter.

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February 9, 2015

The North Louisiana Chapter - NECA has stepped up and re-committed its members to ELECTRI International’s Chapter Century Circle. The additional investment of $100 per member for each of the next five years brings North Louisiana to the Keynote level in its support for ELECTRI.

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February 5, 2015

Line contractors face significant challenges whether repairing or expanding the electricity grid to make it more productive, cost-effective and smarter, or installing new and sometimes complex renewable-energy sources.

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February 4, 2015

The Electrical Contractors Trust of Solano & Napa Counties has added $50,000 to its investment in ELECTRI International. This brings the Trust’s commitment to the $150,000 Governor level.

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February 3, 2015

The electrical contracting (EC) industry is consistently working to identify the next step in work quality, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

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February 2, 2015

ELECTRI International is now accepting applications from NECA Chapters for its 2015 Wendt Scholarships. The program provides financial support to Chapters that offer their members NECA Education programs.

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January 30, 2015

The ELECTRI International Council met in San Diego, California, January 21-23 to kick-off ELECTRI's research agenda for the 2015.

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January 26, 2015

Within the retrofit market, the energy-efficient lighting sector is growing rapidly. Building sector revenue from energy-efficient lighting upgrades and lighting control systems will grow from $1.7 billion in 2013 to $5.3 billion in 2020.

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January 20, 2015

ELECTRI International’s 2015 Green Energy Challenge, connecting hundreds of students with NECA Members and Chapters, will focus on the development of a back-up power system and resiliency plan for an existing facility with demonstrated critical power needs.

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January 13, 2015

The Illinois Chapter – NECA recently increased its investment in ELECTRI International by $50,000. This brings the Chapter to a total of $200,000 at the Champion level of the ELECTRI Council.

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January 8, 2015

Prefabrication can provide benefits that include increased productivity and safety, decreased jobsite congestion, reduced waste, improved product quality, and cost savings.

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December 31, 2014

ELECTRI International – The Foundation for Electrical construction Inc. has released its newest study, Change Order Guidelines for Electrical and Low Voltage Contractors.

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December 9, 2014

Working with its Program Review Committee, ELECTRI International has selected eight research proposals that will be presented to the Council at its January 2015 meeting in San Diego.  

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December 7, 2014

ELECTRI International - The Foundation for Electrical Construction has announced that 7th Green Energy Challenge (GEC) competition will launch in January 2015.

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December 5, 2014

Earlier this year, Acuity Brands joined the ELECTRI Council as a $100,000 Founder.

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December 3, 2014

In July 2014, the ELECTRI Council selected two university NECA Student Chapters for awards of up to $20,000 each to design and construct projects that will bring electricity to an under-served area.

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November 19, 2014

Greenlee – A Textron Company has made its third financial investment in ELECTRI International and is now recognized as an Envoy ($300,000) member of the ELECTRI Council.

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November 13, 2014

3M Company, a major global presence familiar to all, has made a $100,000 investment in ELECTRI International and is now a Founder member of the ELECTRI Council.

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November 12, 2014

ELECTRI International has released its commissioned research report on Customer Side Smart Grid Installations – Preparing for the Future.

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October 27, 2014

Long Electric Company, Napa, CA, has joined the ELECTRI Council at the $100,000 Founder level.

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October 17, 2014

At the July 2014 ELECTRI Council meeting, two NECA Student Chapter teams presented their proposals for the ELECTRI Student Passport Initiative Competition to bring electrical service to an underserved area.

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October 16, 2014

ELECTRI International is seeking proposals from research organizations/researchers interested in studying topics broadly relating to Electrical Construction.

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October 15, 2014

At its recent meeting at the NECA Convention in Chicago, the ELECTRI Council unanimously confirmed the nomination of Greg Long (Long Electric, Napa, CA) to serve as Council Chair for 2015 and 2016.

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October 14, 2014

Originally launched with an energy research grant from ELECTRI International to Penn State, the GridSTAR Smart Grid Experience Center receive

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October 9, 2014

The Wisconsin Chapter – NECA and ELECTRI International have announced the first recipient of the Gerald W Schulz Scholarship in Construction Engineering and Management.

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October 7, 2014

ELECTRI International - The Foundation for Electrical Construction - hosted several events during the annual NECA Convention in Chicago on September 27-30, 2014:

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October 3, 2014

The results are in for ELECTRI International’s 2014 Green Energy Challenge and the winner is Iowa State University.

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September 25, 2014

The Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter of NECA recently increased its commitment to ELECTRI International to the $150,000 Governor level. According to Executive Director Jeff Scarpello, Chapter members are excited about the opportunity. He explained, “From ou

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September 22, 2014

ELECTRI International’s focus is to define, connect and deliver every day. Our Annual Report brings you the highlights of the past year and reports on both programs and finances.

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August 28, 2014

The Washington, DC Chapter - NECA has increased its financial commitment to ELECTRI International by adding $50,000. This brings DC to the $150,000 Governor level of the ELECTRI Council.

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August 28, 2014

The highest tribute bestowed by ELECTRI International, the Wendt Award recognizes exemplary leadership and service to the electrical industry.

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July 31, 2014

ELECTRI International launched the Student Passport Competition at its July ELECTRI Council meeting with project presentations from the two finali

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July 31, 2014

ELECTRI’s Program Review Committee, chaired by Greg Long (Long Electric), evaluated 13 Early Career Award proposals and selected three for presentation at the Council meeting in Toronto.

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July 31, 2014

Thomas E. Glavinich, D.E., P.E., a faculty member in the Department of Architectural Engineering at the University of Kansas, died in April 2014 after a lengthy battle with cancer. 

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July 30, 2014

The ELECTRI Council meeting, held in Toronto on July 24-25, was a great success. In addition to catching up with US colleagues, this venue gave Council members the opportunity to network with ECs from Canada and to strengthen relationships with all ELECTRI Council members.

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July 29, 2014

For its 2015 Cross-Border Meeting, ELECTRI International will revisit Mexico to renew business relationships with key electrical construction professionals in the country, and to strengthen ties with the local NECA chapters.

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July 28, 2014

ELECTRI International gives every NECA Chapter the opportunity to participate in the Foundation through its Chapter Century Circle program. A Chapter commits $100 per member every year for five years.

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July 15, 2014

ELECTRI International’s annual student competition – The Green Energy Challenge – has three finalist teams for 2014: Colorado State University, Iowa State University, and San Diego State University. Each

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July 7, 2014

Determined to help bolster ELECTRI International’s research and education agendas, Zenith Systems LLC (Bedford Heights, OH) has added $50,000 to its Foundation commitment and is now at the Governor level of $150,000.

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June 27, 2014

ELECTRI International invites all Green Energy Challenge participating teams to submit a poster summarizing their Green Energy Challenge project experience.

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June 23, 2014

The Inland Empire Chapter Board has made the decision to invest $5,000 in ELECTRI International. Chapter Executive David Chally explains why the timing was right.

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June 19, 2014

The leaders of the Greater Cleveland Chapter – NECA have added $50,000 to the Chapter’s investment in ELECTRI International.

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June 17, 2014

ELECTRI International often receives notice that one of its Council member contractors has made the decision to name ELECTRI as a beneficiary of his/her estate plan.

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May 30, 2014

An ELECTRI International jury has selected two NECA Student Chapters to present their Student Passport Initiative proposals during the ELECTRI Council’s July meeti

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May 28, 2014

At its July 2014 meeting in Toronto, the ELECTRI Council will hear presentations from the three finalists each hoping to be selected for an Early Career Award.

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May 19, 2014

ELECTRI International has completed its investigation of current CW/CE practices now being used by well-established electrical contractors to determine if a CW/CE program improves EC competiveness. The research was conducted by Todd L.

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May 12, 2014

ELECTRI International has received 15 entries for its 6th Annual Green Energy Student Chapter Competition.

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May 8, 2014

ELECTRI International has received a total of 13 investigative proposals from young engineering and construction management faculty at top universities across the country.

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May 8, 2014

The competition launch of ELECTRI International’s Student Passport Initiative is official. Three NECA Student Chapter teams representing Penn State, CalPoly and Purdue have submitted their program concepts from design to installation.

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April 28, 2014

Members of the Ecuadorian association of electrical engineers – CIEEPI – were active participants at ELECTRI International’s

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April 14, 2014

Headquartered in East Dubuque, IL, Crescent Electric Supply is a long-standing member of the ELECTRI Council.

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April 7, 2014

ELECTRI International’s 2014 Cross-Border Meeting welcomed NECA members and their guests as they gathered in Havana. The group of 100 included contractors and guests from the US and Ecuador, plus several top officials and professionals from Havana.

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March 19, 2014

ELECTRI International commissioned a study to help define activities and resources critical to starting, operating, and assuring continuity of activities for NECA student chapters.

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March 18, 2014

ELECTRI International has added another Regent contributor ($250,000) - The Santa Clara Valley Chapter - NECA. ELECTRI Council Chairman Dan Divane received the commitment letter from Chapter Executive W.

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March 17, 2014

ELECTRI International – The Foundation for Electrical Construction is now accepting proposals for its 2014 research grants to be initiated by younger, Assistant Professor faculty members at universities across the country.

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March 11, 2014

Southern Tier Chapter – NECA recently increased its support for ELECTRI to the $25,000 Patron level.

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March 7, 2014

Rexel has joined the ranks of ELECTRI Council members at the Founder level.

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March 7, 2014

That’s how NECA Alaska Chapter Executive Larry Bell describes the impact of ELECTRI International on prospective chapter members in Alaska.

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February 26, 2014

ELECTRI International – The Foundation for Electrical Construction, Inc. has released the lasted research study in its series on Electrical Construction 2020: Strategies for Electrical Contracting Business Development.

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February 24, 2014

ELECTRI International – The Foundation for Electrical Construction, Inc.

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February 14, 2014

E2E SUMMIT has joined the ELECTRI Council at the Founder level. In notifying ELECTRI of the $100,00 pledge, E2E Founder, Tim Speno, reaffirmed his commitment to the electrical construction industry.

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February 13, 2014

Michels Corporation sees a major need for advanced training for both current linemen and new workers entering the power industry.

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February 10, 2014

Family owned company, Mayer Electric Supply has joined the ELECTRI Council at the $100,000 Founder level. Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, Mayer covers all markets with its 52 locations in nine states.

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February 3, 2014

The ELECTRI Council's January meeting was held at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Florida, from January 29th to 31st.

The ELECTRI International Board of Trustees, Investment Committee, and Kitchen Cabinet met during the morning of January 29th.

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February 3, 2014

Two ELECTRI researchers were scheduled to present their work to the ELECTRI Council at the January 29-31 meeting. ELECTRI asked each of them to tell us why they are excited about these projects.

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February 3, 2014

Gerald W Schulz (Michels Corporation) has made a $100,000 personal commitment to ELECTRI International to provide scholarship support through the Gerald Schulz Scholarship in Construction Engineering & Management.

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January 14, 2014

ELECTRI International (EI) and the National Electrical Contracting Association (NECA) have launched the 6th Annual EI/NECA Student Chapter Competition.

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January 13, 2014

NECA’s Western Pennsylvania Chapter has added $50,000 to its commitment to ELECTRI International. This increase brings the chapter to the Envoy recognition level with a total of $300,000.

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January 10, 2014

NECA Chapters can now submit an application for a 2014 Wendt Scholarship, as offered by ELECTRI International.

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December 23, 2013

ELECTRI International made major strides in 2013.

Contributions to the Foundation are stronger than ever. During 2013, the Foundation received new commitments of $1.5 million and more than $1 million in cash to add to the ELECTRI investment portfolio.

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December 23, 2013

Plans are being finalized for ELECTRI's January meeting to be held at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Forida, from January 29th to 31th.

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December 16, 2013

Robertson Bright, Inc. (RBI), a well-known electrical construction firm headquartered in Ontario, Canada, has joined the ELECTRI Council as a $100,000 Founder.

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December 3, 2013

Construction productivity lags other industries. This often puts electrical contractors at a high risk of subpar productivity performance and schedule delays. Frequently, performance issues are planning issues.

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November 27, 2013

Peter Hardt of Hardt Electric, Inc. (Chicago) has announced the company's decision to join ELECTRI International at the $100,000 Founder level.

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November 27, 2013

ELECTRI International received 72 research proposals in response to its 2013/2014 Request for Proposal sent to leading research institutions throughout North America.

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November 5, 2013

NECA Student Chapters across the country are ready to put together their teams for the ELECTRI International 2014 Green Energy Challenge. The theme for the 2014 competition will be retrofitting a student union building.

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October 22, 2013

The Northeastern Line Constructors Chapter - NECA has received the 2013 Wendt Award, the highest tribute bestowed by ELECTRI International.

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October 22, 2013

This year’s annual report for ELECTRI International focuses on the Foundation’s powerful connections. Messages from ELECTRI leaders emphasize the strong links ELECTRI has forged with the entire electrical construction and academic communities.

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October 21, 2013

ELECTRI Council Chair Dan Divane (Divane Bros. Electric Company, Chicago) addressed the General Session at the recent NECA Convention in Washington, DC. Here are his remarks.

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October 18, 2013

ELECTRI International’s 2013 Green Energy Challenge competition attracted the best and brightest NECA Student Chapter teams AND several hundred electrical contractors interested in meeting upcoming talent for the industry. 

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October 18, 2013

More than 100 ELECTRI Council members participated in the Council meeting, held on October 13th during the NECA Convention in Washington, DC.

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October 7, 2013

ELECTRI International – The Foundation for Electrical Construction Inc. has issued its 2013-14 Request for Proposals.

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September 30, 2013

ELECTRI International has selected the Park Hyatt Toronto as the venue for its ELECTRI Council meeting on July 24-25, 2014.

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September 30, 2013

ELECTRI International and The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) offer their concern for the families, businesses and communities hurt by recent floods and wildfires in Colorado, California and other areas of

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September 27, 2013

Zenith Systems LLC, headquartered in Bedford Heights, Ohio, has joined the ELECTRI Council at the Founder ($100,000) level.

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September 17, 2013

Nine ELECTRI Council member companies will be presenting educational seminars and technical workshops at the upcoming NECA Annual Convention in Washington, DC.

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September 16, 2013

Research commissioned and presented by ELECTRI international will be on the agenda for the next meeting of the Construction Owners Association of America (COAA).

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September 6, 2013

ELECTRI International welcomes Alterman Inc. to its ELECTRI Council as a $100,000 Founder. Alterman is a diverse firm in the San Antonio market with 625 employees and annual revenues of $100 million.

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September 3, 2013

For each year’s Green Energy Challenge Competition, ELECTRI International also sponsors a companion Poster Competition. Each participating university reduces its Green Energy Challenge entry to a poster format, publicly displayed for contractor review and vote.

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August 28, 2013

ELECTRI International – The Foundation for Electrical Construction, Inc. commissioned a study to examine family-owned and -managed electrical construction companies.

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August 23, 2013

In 2012, ELECTRI International released its research study Smart Grid: Installation and Construction Management Aspects for Electrical Contractors.

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August 22, 2013

The Wendt Award is the highest tribute bestowed by ELECTRI International - The Foundation for Electrical Construction.

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July 27, 2013

On July 22nd, five younger faculty members met with the ELECTRI Council in Chicago, IL, to present their proposed innovative research projects for Early Career Award funding consideration.

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July 26, 2013

Close to 150 electrical construction industry leaders met at Chicago’s Fairmont Millennium Park Hotel for the July 22-23 ELECTRI Council Meeting.

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July 19, 2013

The electrical contracting industry reports a rising demand for service work, including maintenance, repairs, and warranty work.

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July 12, 2013

The Greater Toronto Electrical Contractors Association has added $100,000 to its commitment to ELECTRI International.

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July 11, 2013

The Annual Green Energy Challenge student competition, sponsored by ELECTRI International – the Foundation for Electrical Construction – is down to three finalist Student Chapter teams.

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July 9, 2013

With 13 facilities spread over six continents, Lutron Electronics Company, Inc. is one of the leading manufacturers serving the global electrical construction industry

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June 28, 2013

ELECTRI International is pleased to present the first in a series of short but important articles and links that we hope you will find useful in your business.Our thanks to ELECTRI Council member Moss Adams, LLP

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June 27, 2013

Shaw Electric Company (Detroit) has joined the ELECTRI Council as a $100,000 Founder. David W. Kurtz, Shaw's Chairman, is the third generation to run this Southeastern Michigan firm, founded by his grandfather more than 80 years ago. 

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June 27, 2013

The Finger Lakes New York Chapter of NECA recently increased its investment in ELECTRI International to the Governor ($150,000) level.  Chapter Governor John Amicucci (Oneida Electrical Contractors, Inc., Utica) explains the Chapter's decision: "Ou

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June 12, 2013

Operating in an increasingly competitive market, electrical contractors understand that success begins with accurate estimates. Some companies use estimating software; others stick to a manual approach; many more use a combination depending upon the size and scope of the project.

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May 23, 2013

Finalists for ELECTRI’s Early Career Awards have been selected by the Program Review Committee. They will join the ELECTRI Council at its July 22-23 meeting in Chicago.

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May 22, 2013

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and ELECTRI International extend their heartfelt concern for the families, businesses and communities affected by the severe tornadoes that recently devastated parts of Oklahoma and Texas.

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May 20, 2013

During April and May, ELECTRI International received several major investments:

Alterman Inc., San Antonio, TX - $100,000
John C. Wright

Robertson Bright, Inc., Toronto, Ontario - $100,000
Wally Budgell

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May 20, 2013

The 2013 Green Energy Challenge is underway. A total of 15 NECA Student Chapters submitted proposals. The Challenge Jury will now evaluate these 15 proposals and select three finalists for in-person presentations during the NECA National Convention in Washington, DC, in October.

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April 26, 2013

NECA contractors who attended Professor Greg McCann’s presentations at NECA Now in Phoenix learned several things about family-run enterprises. These companies represent 

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April 26, 2013

For 2013, 16 Chapters will share the $15,000 award funding available from ELECTRI International’s Wendt Scholarship program. Originally funded with a grant from Al and Margaret Wendt (Cannon & Wendt, Phoenix), this award program provides opportunities for qualified professionals to part

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April 24, 2013

Our electrical contractors and industry partners recognize the importance of supporting ELECTRI’s Talent Initiative. Having access to the best and brightest students is key to building the best qualified management teams for years to come.

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April 19, 2013

REX Electric & Technologies, LLC has joined the ELECTRI Council at the $100,000 Founder level.  The gift will support both the Research Center and the Talent In

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March 28, 2013

Greenlee – A Textron Company has confirmed its additional gift of $100,000 to ELECTRI International. This brings the industry partner to the Champion level with a total commitment of $200,000.

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March 27, 2013
ELECTRI International and Ecuador's Colegio de Electricos y Electronicos de Pichincha (CIEEPI) have signed a memorandum establishing a collaborative partnership between the two organizations.

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March 27, 2013
Electrical contractors had an up close look at Ecuador's major Toachi - Pilatón Hydroelectric Project (TPHP) during the recent ELECTRI Cross-Border conference.
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March 26, 2013

A total of 41 contractors, engineers, and their guests gathered in Quito, Ecuador, for ELECTRI International's 2013 Cross-Border Meeting.

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March 7, 2013

ELECTRI International – The Foundation for Electrical Construction is now accepting proposals for its 2013 research grants to be initiated by younger faculty members at the Assistant Professor level at universities across the country. This award prog

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February 27, 2013

ELECTRI International is pleased to announce that one of the featured education sessions at this April's NECA Now Conference (Phoenix, April 15-18) is a direct result of research sponsored by ELECTRI through

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February 27, 2013

The Talent Initiative Challenge is now at $675,000 – thanks to the recent $25,000 gift from Clennon Electric Compan

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February 26, 2013

That’s the time zone for Quito, Ecuador – site of ELECTRI’s next Cross-Border Meeting, March 13-15.

A few facts about the city and about Ecuador…

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February 13, 2013

The Northeastern Line Constructors Chapter – NECA is convinced that working with ELECTRI International helps improve line constructors’ operations and their access to new talent. George Troutman (MJ Electric, Shoemakersville, PA) serves as Chapter representative to the ELECTRI Council.

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February 12, 2013

ELECTRI International has proved once again that participating in Foundation events and joining the ELECTRI Council is not just for electrical contractors.

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February 4, 2013

ELECTRI International’s 2013 Green Energy Challenge is on its way. By the January 25th deadline, 19 NECA Student Chapter teams had registered their intent to participate in the competition. Each team will conduct an energy audit of a parking structure on campus or in the nei

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February 4, 2013

A new ELECTRI International research project is now available to the industry. Combining Charging Station Installation with Energy Efficiency Upgrades: An Emerging Market was investigated by a team from California Polytechnic State University – Lonny Simonian, Dr.

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February 1, 2013

When Steve Killius, Legrand North America, arrived at the ELECTRI Council meeting, his excitement was clear for all to see.

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January 29, 2013

ELECTRI International held a successful Council meeting January 16-18, 2012 in Chandler, Arizona. 

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January 29, 2013

The ELECTRI International Board of Trustees received a positive report on the Foundation's finances for 2012. Comparing the first 11 months of 2011 to January-November 2012, the Foundation's revenues showed an increase of $950,000 moving from $1.61 million to $2.56 million.

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January 28, 2013

Getting back to business after a natural disaster affects company operations, but the NECA Disaster Relief Fund remains ready to help NECA contractors who suffered company losses during Superstorm Sandy or othe

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January 22, 2013

ELECTRI International is now taking applications from NECA Chapters for its 2013 Wendt Scholarships.  The program provides financial support to Chapters that offer their members NECA Management Education Institute training programs.

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January 4, 2013

Daniel J. Divane IV, President of Divane Bros. Electric Co. in Chicago, has been selected by ELECTRI International -- The Foundation for Electrical Construction, Inc. to serve as 2013-2014 Chair of the ELECTRI Council.

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December 20, 2012

ELECTRI International has had a remarkable 2012.

Contributions to the Foundation continue at an unprecedented pace with a 2012 total of $1,056,650. This includes $677,650 from electrical contractors and other industry colleagues and $379,000 from NECA Chapters. 

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December 20, 2012

During December, ELECTRI has received two gifts directly for the Talent Initiative Challenge Grant.

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December 20, 2012

Plans are being finalized for ELECTRI's mid-January meetings to be held at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Arizona, from January 16th to 18th. 

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December 19, 2012

As 2012 draws to a close, I want to take a moment to thank all of our contractors, industry allies, NECA Chapter leaders and the academic community who have been so instrumental in ELECTRI International's continued success this year.

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December 3, 2012

When the ELECTRI Council meets in January, members will face a difficult decision: Which research projects out of the seven finalist proposals should the Council commission for ELECTRI International’s 2013 research agenda?

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November 28, 2012
The Association Foundation Group is a network of senior executives responsible for managing the operations of their respective association-related foundations.
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November 27, 2012
During each year's Green Energy Student Challenge, the ELECTRI International jury selects one student whose oral presentation shined.
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November 27, 2012

ELECTRI International's Program Review Committee is wrapping up its review of 43 research project proposals submitted for 2013 funding.

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November 26, 2012

NECA Student Chapter teams will be invited to conduct an energy audit of a parking structure on campus or in the neighboring community. The 250+ space structure may be stand alone or part of a larger facility, either above-ground or underground.

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October 25, 2012

Daniel J Divane IV has been selected by ELECTRI International to serve as 2013-2014 Chair of the ELECTRI Council.  His name was placed in nomination by Dennis Quebe, Chairman of the ELECTRI International Board of Trustees, and was accepted unanimously by the ELECTRI Council at its September

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October 25, 2012

What do two NECA Chapters, one industry ally, and one electrical contractor have in common? Each has stepped up and responded immediately to the challenge grant designed to support ELECTRI International's Talent Initiative.

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October 23, 2012

ELECTRI International – The Foundation for Electrical Construction, Inc., issued its annual Request for Proposals to leading universities nationwide on October 23, 2012.

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October 9, 2012

The ELECTRI Council met on Sunday, September 30th and learned just how much has been accomplished this year on the ELECTRI research agenda.

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October 9, 2012

ELECTRI International captured a great deal of interest and attention during NECA's recent Convention in Las Vegas (29 September - 2 October 2012).

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October 9, 2012

On Saturday, September 20, ELECTRI International and the National Electrical Contractors Association hosted the 4th Green Energy Challenge Finals during the NECA Convention in Las Vegas, NV.

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September 25, 2012

ELECTRI International now has the potential to increase significantly its funding for student initiatives thanks to the generosity of Richard W. McBride and Timothy McBride, Southern Contracting, San Diego, CA, and Walter T.

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September 24, 2012

ELECTRI International has released its recent research on the Smart Grid:  Installation and construction Management Aspects for Electrical Contractors.

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September 24, 2012

Ideal Industries, Inc., headquartered in Sycamore, Illinois, has joined the ELECTRI Council. Steve Yunker, National Account Manager, recently notified ELECTRI of the company's decision. Ideal's $100,000 Founder-level gift wi

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August 29, 2012

The Georgia Institute of Technology has received a special research grant through an ELECTRI International partnership created by two ELECTRI Council members - the Atlanta Chapter NECA and Lutron Electronics Company, Inc.

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August 29, 2012

The Wendt Award is the highest tribute bestowed by ELECTRI International – The Foundation for Electrical Construction.

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August 24, 2012

ELECTRI International's focus on young academic talent is paying great rewards.

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August 23, 2012

ELECTRI International has launched its new website.

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July 20, 2012

An Economic Analysis of Portability is now available from ELECTRI International – The Foundation for the Electrical Construction Industry, Inc. The Foundation’s latest study focused on the workforce productivity enhancements that portability could bring to the electrical construction indust

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July 19, 2012

ELECTRI International has named its 2012 Early Career Award winners. ELECTRI Council members met in Chicago to review and evaluate presentations from Georgia Tech, Ball State, Stetson University, and Auburn University.

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July 18, 2012

ELECTRI Council members gathered at the Intercontinental in Chicago for their mid-July meeting. The primary focus of the two-day event was interaction and discussions with academic researchers and colleagues from across the country.

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June 19, 2012

The next generation of energy innovators will be represented by student teams from four universities at the 2012 ELECTRI International’s Green Energy Challenge.

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June 18, 2012

ELECTRI International President Russ Alessi recently sat down with several electrical contractors to talk about the ways that ELECTRI is working to meet the needs of the industry.

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May 23, 2012

ELECTRI International has a two-decade history of commissioning and publishing quality research for the electrical construction industry. We recently sat down with Jerald Rounds, Ph.D., the AGC Endowed Chair Professor and Construction Programs Leader at the University of New Mexico.

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May 22, 2012

Cooper US, Inc., on behalf of Cooper Industries (Houston, Texas), has joined the ELECTRI Council.

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May 21, 2012

During the first quarter of 2012, ELECTRI International received word that two leading NECA Chapters - Northern California and South Florida - will both increase the

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May 20, 2012

In February 2012, James O'Brien was working towards an Honors degree in Construction Management at the Institute of Technology - Tralee College in County Kerry, Ireland.

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April 30, 2012

Entries for the ELECTRI International Annual Green Energy Student Competition are now in hand. Of the 18 NECA Student Chapters that had expressed interest in this year’s competition, 14 teams met the April 15th deadline for entries.

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April 30, 2012

ELECTRI International's commissioned research on safety strategies for line construction is getting a lot of attention. The Safety DashBoard is one result of the research conducted at the University of Colorado by Dr. Matthew Hallowell.

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April 11, 2012

The ELECTRI International Board of Directors has voted to accept recommended governance changes that will help streamline the Foundation’s operations. The vote to restructure the Board came from a series of changes detailed in a research study commissioned by the Foundation during 2011.

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April 3, 2012

The Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) has named Daniel R. Tomal, Ph.D. as Outstanding Student Organization Advisor for 2012.

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