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IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center Enters Education Partnership with St. Louis Community College

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Left to right, Jeff Pittman, Ph.D., chancellor of St. Louis Community College; Doug Martin, CEO, St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA); and Frank Jacobs, business manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1.

Missouri’s most prolific producer of highly skilled and safe electricians and communication technicians is strengthening career opportunities through an education partnership with St. Louis Community College (STLCC).  The IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center has entered a partnership for apprentices and journey workers to earn associate degrees from STLCC.  The training center, located at 2300 Hampton Ave., is operated jointly by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association.  For more than 70 years, it has produced more highly skilled and safe electricians and communication technicians than any training program in Missouri.

The college will offer the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Skilled Trades Industrial Occupations Technology Apprenticeship program, or Skilled Trades AAS program.  The STLCC Skilled Trades AAS program is a joint effort to recognize apprenticeship training as postsecondary education to prepare the current and future workforce. An associate degree will be awarded to a journey worker who successfully completes the approved U.S. Department of Labor apprentice program and 15 credit hours of general education courses at STLCC.  “This will equip them with the knowledge, skills and certifications they need to seek employment and promotion in the construction industry, and allow them to advance and/or pursue further postsecondary educational opportunities,” said Steve Long, STLCC’s associate vice chancellor for Workforce Solutions.

“Our educational partnership with St. Louis Community College will strengthen career paths for our apprentices and journey workers,” said Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1.  “While the training center produces highly technical skills for the electrical industry, many of our members have entrepreneurial skills that benefit the business community.  Many have founded their own companies.”

In February 2017, the St. Louis Regional Chamber announced an initiative to make the St. Louis metropolitan region among the 10 most educated in the nation. Among the goals is to increase associate degrees by 10 percent, an 18,000-person increase, and bachelor’s degrees to 40 percent, a 75,000-person increase, by 2025.  See

“Our plan to partner with STLCC has been in the works well before the chamber’s new education initiative, but we applaud the effort,” said Doug Martin, CEO, St. Louis Chapter, NECA.  “We have decades of investment in developing pacesetting skills and safety in the electrical industry to meet an ever more complex array of construction projects. The St. Louis Community College education partnership allows us to more fully leverage our incredible talented workforce by opening new avenues for careers.”

The training center is entirely industry funded by IBEW/NECA at no taxpayer expense.  IBEW/NECA invests $2 million annually in training.  That includes 10,000 hours of training for apprentices, who earn a wage while they learn, and continuing education programs for journey workers.  The training center’s more than 70-course curriculum uses advanced technology including a rooftop solar array and courses on Building Information Modeling (BIM) and next generation electrical/communication installations, including green energy, smart building technology and advanced manufacturing.

There are currently 467 apprentices enrolled in four separate programs registered with U.S. Department of Labor.  The training center offers tutoring and mentoring and has a 91 percent graduation rate. Over the last four years, 27 percent of participants have been minorities.  Through its participation in career fairs and its Electrical Connection partnership (, IBEW/NECA is committed to a broad outreach to recruit apprentices while also energizing STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education in schools which is critical to producing the highly skilled electrical and communications workforce upon which Missouri depends.

STLCC will offer classroom- or web-based courses for the convenience of the students. Participants will pay the in-district tuition rate per credit hour for any course offered as part of the college’s general education curriculum. STLCC also will provide information on how to apply for financial aid, student loans or grants.

Becoming a Performance Driven Firm

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Presented in partnership with AIA-St. Louis

Being a top firm is about much more than getting design awards. The design community is recognizing that excellence is about design AND performance. This is reflected in the recently revised AIA Committee on the Environment’s Top Ten awards,  which now emphasizes the importance of actual building performance in addition to project’s design intent.

Is your firm consistently delivering high-performance buildings? Whether or not projects are LEED certified, you can develop internal systems and processes to ensure high performance projects across your portfolio. Successful companies realize improved project performance, increased profits and happier clients through performance-driven design.

This session will share frameworks, roadmaps and proven methodologies from successful firms to help attendees assess their current situation, identify strategic areas for improvement, and develop change management strategies to ensure widespread adoption of new processes and project delivery methodologies for continuous improvement.

This evening presentation is applicable to anyone championing sustainability in their organization. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify common problems that limit a firm’s ability to drive high performance through their projects.
  • Explore proven methodologies to integrate performance into project outcomes.
  • Access tools and resources for direct application in participants’ work to foster effective change management.
  • Discover a clear roadmap and steps that apply to all firms no matter where they are in the process.

Barbra Batshalom is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Sustainable Performance Institute and past founder and president of the USGBC Affiliate in Massachusetts. She is an industry leader whose vision drives the organization’s programs to transform the market from public policy to professional practice. SPI’s Green Firm Certification is the first industry program to provide a framework for evaluating the capability of design and construction firms to deliver a consistent, high quality sustainability service and was adopted by HUD in 2012. SPI’s Green Firm Boot Camp workshop program has been delivered to hundreds of firms nation-wide to help raise the bar on professional practice in the industry. With a diverse background of fine arts, social psychology and 20 years in architecture and sustainability consulting, she brings a variety of skills to her work and a unique perspective engaging the human dynamics of decision-making and creative collaboration to technical work.  Her recent presentations include Greenbuild 2015 (in US, Brazil and Italy), Living Future 2014, NESEA 2015, 2016, and AIA National Convention, 2014.

Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU/HSW

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30-6:15 pm -Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

Alberici Headquarters
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114

Free for USGBC-MGC Members, AIA- St. Louis Members, and Students
$20 for Non-members

Click here to register online!

Thanks to our Event Sponsor: Fox Architects

AGC Of Missouri Honored With 2017 Arcus Award

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Construction Group Recognized for Inclusion and Talent Attraction

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri was recognized with the Arcus Award for Inclusion and Talent Attraction at the 4th Annual Arcus Awards event on Feb. 23. The Academy Awards-style program, sponsored by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and presented by RubinBrown LLP, honored the achievements of companies and organizations that inspire a greater St. Louis. Over 850 executives, entrepreneurs and civic leaders attended the dinner program at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.

The AGC of Missouri (AGCMO) was one of two organizations recognized for innovative inclusion initiatives in the awards category, sponsored by Express Scripts. AGCMO was the first of 92 chapters of AGC of America to hire a Vice President of Inclusion and to create an inclusion department. In collaboration with its members and other industry partners, AGCMO also developed a number of initiatives including operating the Construction Careers Center charter high school, supporting the Building Union Diversity program, being a financial contributor and board member of the Regional Union Construction Center that provides advisory boards of directors for minority and women construction firms, and investing in serving on the board of the Contractor Loan Fund, a $10.6 million private equity fund that provides financing for minority and women-owned businesses. AGCMO also established relationships with the Father’s Support Center and the Missouri’s Division of Corrections to explore apprenticeship opportunities.

The other organization recognized in this category was TheBANK of Edwardsville which opened a fully bilingual banking center inside the Fairmont City, Illinois, public library in 2015. It serves a community that is 70 percent Hispanic and where almost 40 percent of the residents live below the poverty level. Fairmont City had no other banks, forcing the residents to rely on grocery stores and check cashing stores for their financial needs.

Commenting on the award, Leonard Toenjes, CAE, president of AGCMO, said, “It is truly a great honor to be recognized for our work on diversity and workforce issues.  Our members have invested a great deal of time, money and effort into inclusion and much of that work over the years is coming to fruition. Our dedicated staff also has worked tirelessly on this important issue. I especially want to thank our construction industry partners as well as all the Missouri-based companies and government agencies that also have provided tremendous leadership on inclusion.  We are a stronger community because of everyone’s joint efforts.”


Front Row (left to right): Monica Bailey, McCarthy Building Companies; Steve Lewis, AGC of Missouri; Len Toenjes, AGC of Missouri; Marlene Davis, Alderwoman, City of St. Louis; Roslyn Croft, Tarlton Corporation.

Back Row (left to right): Earl Strauther, Jr., Paric Corporation; Precious Jackson, Alberici Constructors, Inc.; Steve Faust, icon Mechanical Construction & Engineering, LLC; Anthony Lancia, AGC of Missouri; Aaron Williams, Alberici Constructors, Inc.

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri is the leading voice of the construction industry in Missouri, representing over 500 commercial, industrial, heavy and highway contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties throughout Missouri                                                      – 30 –

AGC of Missouri offices are located at:

1221 Jefferson Street                                                 6330 Knox Industrial Drive, Ste. 200
Jefferson City, Missouri 65109                                   St. Louis, Missouri  63139

Telephone:  573.636.3188                                          Telephone:  314.781.2356

Toll Free:  844-60-MOAGC

St. Louis International Airport Business Diversity Forum

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You are invited

2017 Business Diversity Forum

“Taking Diversity to New Heights”

Airport contract opportunities are soaring across the country for minority and women-owned businesses. Find out why and how you can land new contract opportunities in the growing multi-billion dollar industry.

  • At this year’s Forum you will:
  • Learn about new and ongoing Airport contract opportunities
  • Meet key Airport decision makers
  • Participate in roundtable discussions on how to do business at the Airport
  • Learn how to improve your knowledge of the certification process
  • Connect with prime contractors on the latest trends in concessions
  • Meet M/W/DBEs and small businesses currently doing business in airports
  • Visit an exhibit hall with national brands currently operating in airports

Presented by St. Louis Lambert International Airport and Business Diversity Development

Friday, March 31 – 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

B Concourse Event Space in Terminal 1

FREE Admission

Register Now

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Jim Curran of the Electrical Connection has been named to the board of the EDC Business & Community Partners in St. Charles County

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The EDC Business & Community Partners in St. Charles County has named Jim Curran to its board of directors.  Curran is executive vice president of the Electrical Connection, and has more than 30 years of experience in economic development.  The Electrical Connection is a labor-management partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

The IBEW/NECA partnership has been a key sponsor of the EDC’s economic and community strategy initiatives including a partnership for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) honoring students in local high schools.  In addition, Curran orchestrates the Electrical Connection’s STEM education partnerships with the FIRST Robotics, the Saint Louis Science CenterMathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club and more.

Curran develops business opportunities for IBEW/NECA statewide by working with organizations advancing Missouri’s economic development, energy and technology needs.  He is board secretary for the Hawthorn Foundation and also serves its executive committee.  Curran is also vice chair and executive committee member for the Missouri Energy Initiative, which sets energy policy for the state.  In addition, Curran’s board service includes the Missouri Partnership, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) – Gateway Chapter, the U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Chapter (USGBC)Univerdant Sustainability Network, LLC, the Construction Forum Education Foundation STEM Committee, and the St. Louis Regional Chamber Energy and Environmental Committee.

Led by its 10-person board, the EDC fosters growth of business in St. Charles County.  For more information, visit www.edcscc.

Electrical Connection members provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services in Missouri and nationwide. More is online at


Construction to Begin on Mississippi Greenway Extension in Cliff Cave County Park to Improve Walking and Biking for Residents of the Region

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Project will begin this week to protect nearby endangered bat populations

Residents of and visitors to South St. Louis County will soon have a new opportunity to explore Cliff Cave County Park, with a planned 2-mile extension of the Mississippi Greenway set to begin construction this week. Great Rivers Greenway and St. Louis County Parks are starting work before the endangered bat species that reside in the area come out of hibernation. Construction on the greenway is expected to take about a year.

The $4.3 million construction project will provide a paved and ADA accessible connection between the upper portion of Cliff Cave County Park and the existing 4.6 miles of paved trails that run through the lower portion of the park. The new project will allow visitors of all abilities to experience the park’s unique geography and will feature a safer and improved scenic overlook.

“This project will allow people to enjoy amazing views of the Mississippi River and take advantage of  safe and accessible ways to explore this great park,” said Susan Trautman, Executive Director of Great Rivers Greenway.

This project also includes the creation of a trailhead on Cliff Cave Rd. for a future connection to the north that will eventually extend the Mississippi Greenway to the existing trails within Jefferson Barracks Park. Great Rivers Greenway worked closely with the community over the past two years in an effort to gather input from residents and address their concerns.

The first step will be to remove trees along the planned greenway path. These efforts will follow guidelines provided by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the several species of tree roosting bats – including the federally endangered Indiana Bat – that are currently hibernating in nearby Cliff Cave.

This phase of the project will also include the removal of invasive plants—including harmful Bush Honeysuckle—that are choking out native plants and other trees within the park. More than a thousand native trees, shrubs and other plants will be planted along the trail to restore and boost the native ecology of the greenway.

To learn more about the Mississippi Greenway extension project in Cliff Cave County Park, visit For more information about the endangered bat species that reside in the area, visit

Great Rivers Greenway is a regional greenway district created by a vote of the people in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County. The organization improves the quality of life for all in the St. Louis region by connecting people to their rivers, parks and communities through a network of greenways

Engineering Center of St. Louis Wraps Engineers Week

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College Fair tonight! & Partnership with the St. Louis Science Center this weekend!

WHAT:  The Engineering Center of St. Louis celebrates National Engineers Week (E-Week). Activities this week included a Discovery Fair, Engineers Week Luncheon with Dr. Marc A. Edwards (Professor at Virginia Tech, and the frontrunner of scientists that uncovered the Flint water crisis), and Center-sponsored Design-Build Challenges. Friday afternoon the Center will host a Career Fair, and this weekend there will be E-Week booths at the St. Louis Science Center.

WHO:  Reaching professionals and students of all ages and their families in an effort to bring attention to the crucial role that engineers bring to society.

WHERE:  Friday, February 24 (3:00-6:00 pm)

Career Fair at the Engineering Center of St. Louis -All college students and graduates will not want to miss this opportunity to meet with top St. Louis engineering firms. Both full time employment and internship possibilities are available. Participants have included: Ameren, Bilfinger, MSK, TSi Engineering, Washington University, HR Green, SCI Engineering, Oates Associates, EDM Inc., Jacobs Engineering, Access Engineering, Missouri American Water, Horner & Shifrin, Burns & McDonnell, APWA, Stantec Consulting Services, Professional Employment Group, Fred Weber, AECOM, HNTB, and Veterans Administration.

Saturday, February 25 (9:30 am-4:30 pm) & Sunday, February 26 (11:00 am-4:30 pm)

2017 ENGINEERS’ WEEK SCIENCE CENTER EXHIBIT hosted by Missouri Society of Professional Engineers. Come explore engineering throughout the St. Louis Science Center. Celebrate E-Week with an event focused on overcoming mighty challenges through the wonders of engineering. Join in the fun to meet real-life engineers and learn how engineering impacts everything in the world around us.

The Engineering Center of St. Louis, located at 4359 Lindell Boulevard, is home to more than 34 professional affiliate societies.

Electrical Connection Named Finalist in St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers’ Inclusion Awards

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The IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership is a finalist for an award honoring minority workforce development.  The St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC) named the Electrical Connection one of four finalists for its Organization Excellence for Inclusion. The awards will be presented on March 6, 2017 at the Palladium at 1400 Park Place in Downtown St. Louis.  The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) 

Last fall, 28 percent of apprentices completing school at the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Center were minorities.  Minorities also comprise 33 percent of the training center’s largest program – the inside day school apprenticeship program.  12 years ago, it was less than half that number – just under 13 percent. The improvements are due to a reoriented outreach and inclusive work force development strategy by the IBEW/NECA partnership.

Nearly 10 years ago as the nation was on the verge of a recession, IBEW/NECA tasked its Electrical Connection partnership to develop new strategies to energize minority outreach through its business relationships and partnerships.  This has included:

  • Effectively partnering on STEM education initiatives that connect Science, Technology, English and Math subjects with electrical careers. More than 9,000 students have been engaged in school districts with a significant minority student body.
  • Partnering with key business/education organizations such as the National Society of Black Engineers, St. Louis Gateway Chapter; American Association of Blacks in Energy, St. Louis Chapter; Saint Louis Science Center; FIRST Robotics, Project Lead the Way (Jennings School District) and more.
  • Participation in more than 20 career fairs annually at high schools throughout the area and furthering outreach through its membership in Missouri School Board Association and the Missouri Association of School Administrators.
  • Commentaries in the Louis American that tie STEM subjects to electrical careers
  • Fully supporting the Building Union Diversity (BUD) Program, a series of nine-week pre-apprenticeship training programs that ready minority construction career aspirants for apprenticeship training.
  • Creatively broadening outreach through trust-building programs aimed at younger children. This was evidenced in the Electrical Connection’s reenergizing the Ferguson “Shop with a Cop” program in December 2017.  More than 60 disadvantaged minority children were given Christmas gifts by law enforcement.  As police were building trust, the children also became familiar with the electrical industry as part of the Electrical Connection’s support.
  • Continuing support of the Regional Union Construction Center and its mission of creating a sustainable minority contracting community.

The Electrical Connection partnership has also succeeded through retention and mentoring initiatives.

Other organizations named finalists for the SLCCC Organization Excellence for Inclusion are Lambert St. Louis International Airport, Gateway Welcome Project and Construction Management Partners.  Learn more about all the finalists at

The St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC) is the owner advocate for achievement of best practices in project delivery.  It promotes project excellence through educational programs, information dissemination and collaboration.

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  Learn more at

Photo Above: High tech training at the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center.

EPA, Four States Host Radon Stakeholders’ Meeting March 7 in Manhattan, KS

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EPA Region 7 and its state partners will host the 11th Annual Region 7 EPA/State Radon Stakeholders’ Meeting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 7, 2017, at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center, 410 South 3rd St., Manhattan, Kan. This meeting is being held at no cost for those who have a stake in protecting the public from unnecessary exposure to radon in homes, schools and businesses.

EPA Region 7 and its partners, Iowa Department of Public Health, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and American Association of Radon Scientists & Technologists (AARST) want to bring interested stakeholders together to discuss common issues associated with radon awareness and mitigation to better understand problems and solutions from different perspectives.

Agenda items include “Surviving Lung Cancer,” “Hope for Lung Cancer Patients – Progress in Treatment,” state and tribal breakout sessions; updates from state agencies, AARST and EPA; specific discussions about difficult house remediation situations, and marketing tips/strategies.

These meetings are specifically designed to provide better ways to assist the public and reduce radon exposure. Participants can register online at (No cost for registration, but participants should register by Feb. 21, 2017.) Dress is casual.

The meeting has been approved for continuing education credits by Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, the National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP), and the National Radon Safety Board (NRSB).

For questions, contact Bruce Snead at 785-532-4992 or

Construction Buyers Recognize Diversity Inclusion & Best Practices Award Finalists

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The St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC) will honor award winners for construction industry best practices and for diversity and inclusion at  a Awards Dinner Gala on Monday, March 6 at the Palladium in St. Louis.

The Best Practice awards recognize successful implementation of one or more of the 17 Best Practices validated by the Construction Industry Institute to improve cost, schedule and quality for construction projects.  Awards will be presented to teams for projects by SLCCC members both in and outside the Missouri – Illinois region.

Construction Industry Best Practice Award winners will be announced from the following finalists:

Anderson Hospital Private Patient Suites

  • Korte Company
  • Anderson Hospital
  • Korte Design
  • Alper Audi
  • Taylor Engineering
  • Solutions AEC
  • Excel Fire Protection
  • Louer Facility Planning
  • ArjoHuntleigh

American Optometric Association Corporate Headquarters Renovation

  • Northstar Management
  • American Optometric Association
  • Gray Design Group
  • BSI Constructors

Washington University School of Medicine / BJC Mid Campus Center

  • Clayco
  • Washington University School of Medicine
  • Christner

Elanco Augusta Formulation Fill Facility

  •  McCarthy
  •  Elanco Animal Health, Division of Eli Lilly
  •  CRB Consulting Engineers

Boeing Composite Center for Excellence

  • MC Industrial
  • Boeing
  • Burns & McDonnell

NRG Powerton Dry Sorbent Injection & Electrostatic Precipitator Upgrades

  • MC Industrial
  • NRG Energy

Hospital Realignment, Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center, Nellis Air Force Base

  •    KAI Design Build
  •    United Excel Design

Diversity and Inclusion awards recognize advocacy for inclusion in design and construction.  Winners will be recognized for either increasing the capacity and capability of woman and minority owned firms or expanding the use of women and minorities working in construction.

Diversity and Inclusion Award winners will be announced from the following finalists:

Inclusion Champion

  • Dan Lester, ACW Alliance / Concrete Strategies
  • Monica Bailey, McCarthy Construction
  • Charles Henson, Minority Business Development Agency Business Center
  • Dr. Stephanie Smith, Washington University
  • Anthony Thompson, Kwame Building Group
  •  Precious Jackson, Alberici
  • Sal Valadez, LiUNA Midwest Region

Minority / Women / Disadvantaged Business of the Year (MWDBE)

  • Sledroc Contracting
  • Scales Plumbing
  • Brandt Contracting

Organizational Excellence for Inclusion

  • Lambert St. Louis International Airport
  • St. Louis Electrical Connection
  • Gateway Welcome Project
  • Construction Management Partners

The SLCCC is the Owner advocate organization for achievement of best value in project delivery.  It serves as the regional leader that champions promotion of project delivery best practices through exceptional educational programs, information dissemination and collaboration.  The Council represents major Owners who are buyers of construction services in the commercial, institutional, industrial, utility and public sectors.  Associate members provide the contracting, design professional and other services used by construction consumers.


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