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Electrical Connection Sponsors Saint Louis FC’s Third Season in St. Louis

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Saint Louis Football Club (Saint Louis FC) kicks off its third season with a new look and a continuing prominent sponsorship by the Electrical Connection.  Saint Louis FC made significant roster changes in the off season, including naming Preki Radosavljevic its new head coach, and unveilednew jerseys emblazoned with the Electrical Connection logo. 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).

The home opener is April 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in a match against the Ottawa Fury FC at Toyota Stadium in World Wide Technology Soccer Park.  On March 17, 2017, Saint Louis FC celebrated the start of the 2017 campaign at Hollywood Casino, unveiling its new jersey and saluting its fans. Reflecting the growing interest in Saint Louis FC, 10 games will be televised on KPLR-TV.  As it did last year, the Electrical Connection is offering a free jersey giveaway for every home game at www.electricalconnection.org.

“If you have attended any of the home games, you know that St. Louis has embraced Saint Louis FC with great enthusiasm,” said Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection. “We are proud to support the team and leverage our partnership to advance other beneficial community initiatives supported by IBEW/NECA.”

Last year, the Electrical Connection sponsored Saint Louis FC’s “Christmas in July” fundraiser at its July 30, 2016 soccer game to raise money for the Saint Francois County “Shop with a Cop” program and reenergize the “Shop with a Cop” program in Ferguson, Mo.  In addition, Saint Louis FC hosted a “going green game” presented by the Electrical Connection to raise awareness of energy conservation and a cleaner environment.  Planning is underway to renew both initiatives this year.

“The Electrical Connection has been a great partner of Saint Louis FC since its inception, said Jim Kavanaugh, CEO, Saint Louis FC.  “It not only helped bring outdoor professional soccer back to St. Louis, but it has helped Saint Louis FC broaden its outreach in the community.”

Saint Louis FC is playing 32 games this year, including 16 home games at Toyota Stadium in World Wide Technology Soccer Park. The park features a Biergarten, Corner Flag Hospitality Patios, a Fan Zone, space for tailgate parties, a Craft Beer Corner, and great food options. For game tickets, visitwww.saintlouisfc.com

Saint Louis FC plays in 30-team United Soccer League (USL).

Electrical Connection Honors Outstanding Students in STEM Education

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18 St. Charles High School Students Saluted for Excelling in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mat

The best and brightest high school students in St. Charles County were saluted in the 8thAnnual STEM Celebration Breakfast, co-sponsored by the Electrical Connection.  The annual salute recognized 18 students that excel in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math.  The STEM Celebration Breakfast, presented by EDC Business & Community Partners in St. Charles County,was held Friday March 3, 2017 at the Old Hickory Golf Club in St. Peters, Mo.  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).

STEM is a national and regional effort to better prepare the workforce of tomorrow by encouraging today’s students to engage more in studies, events and careers involving science, technology, engineering and math.

“You can’t help but be inspired by these high achievers,” said Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection.  “We are proud to salute their success and one day envision working with them as they bring forth new ideas that will be served by an equal level of innovation by the IBEW/NECA electrical industry.”

The STEM breakfast is one of several educational initiatives support by the Electrical Connection.  Others include partnerships with the FIRST Robotics, the Saint Louis Science CenterMathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club and more.

The St. Charles County students honored at this year’s STEM breakfast include:

  • Joseph Cassidy, Fort Zumwalt North High School
  • Will Cavanagh, Fort Zumwalt South High School
  • James Dohrman, Francis Howell North High School
  • Kurtis Dressel, Lutheran High School of St. Charles County
  • Noel Kling, Lewis & Clark Career Center
  • Ross Kuemmel, Holt High School
  • Jacob Larson, St. Dominic High School
  • Ajay Makkena, Francis Howell High School
  • Hamza Mansoor, Liberty High School
  • Daniel Motto, Christian High School
  • Lauren Nowakowski, Fort Zumwalt East High School
  • Akash Patel, St. Charles West High School
  • Will Runion, Orchard Farm High School
  • Bradley Schinker, Francis Howell Central HS
  • Alexandra Schulte, Timberland High School
  • Marshall Vaccaro, Fort Zumwalt West High School
  • Ethan Wetter, Duchesne High School
  • Karen Ye, St. Charles High School

Electrical Connection members provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information visit www.electricalconnection.org.

Above Photo: 18 St. Charles County high school student were saluted by the Electrical Connection for excelling in the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and math.

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 www.electricalconnection.org.

 

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 www.slccc.net.

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 www.electricalconnection.org.

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

Electrical Connection Named Arcus Award Finalist by the St. Louis Regional Chamber

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The St. Louis region’s economic development organization is honoring the Electrical Connection for its corporate citizenship.  The St. Louis Regional Chamber has named the electrical industry labor-management partnership an Arcus Awards finalist for the Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award.  The Electrical Connection is a partnership of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).  Winners of the Arcus Awards will be announced at a Feb. 23, 2017 gala event at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.

            The Electrical Connection is being saluted for a number of initiatives to improve the communities that its contractors and electricians serve.  Most recently, this has included helping energize a Ferguson, Mo. “Shop with a Cop” program on Dec. 17, 2016 while also increasing its support for the rural St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” program on the same day.  The expansion of both programs came about when the Electrical Connection partnered with Saint Louis FC for a fundraiser during a July 31, 2016 soccer game, allowing the IBEW/NECA partnership to donate $5,000 to each program.  As a result, more than 500 disadvantaged children were served by the holiday giving and community trust building programs.  The Electrical Connection’s involvement in “Shop with a Cop” dates to 1993 when it first began supporting the St. Francois County program.  It has donated more than $54,000 to the program since.

Other Electrical Connection civic endeavors include:

  • Sponsoring the lighting of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium
  • A 13-year commitment donating more than $800,000 in labor/materials to Rebuilding Together St. Louis to improve more than 450 homes for low-income St. Louisans.
  • Since 2004, donating $1.5 million in services to Habitat for Humanity to safely wire more than 233 new homes.
  • Helping National Night Out make neighborhoods safe by donating more than $450,000 in materials/services to install security lighting in more than 850 St. Louis homes.
  • Donating new scoreboards, including installation, for several schools.
  • In 2015, sponsoring Saint Louis FC and the return of outdoor professional soccer to St. Louis.
  • Engaging more than 9,000 students in how STEM subjects translate into electrical careers through partnerships with the Saint Louis Science Center, Partners for Progress of Greater St. Charles, Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club, and numerous school districts.
  • Active leadership to strengthen Missouri’s economy and communities including regional and statewide partnerships with the Hawthorn Foundation, Missouri Partnership, the Economic Development Center of St. Charles County, Missouri Energy Initiative, S. Green Building Council- Missouri Gateway Chapter, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) – Gateway Chapter and more.

Finally, for more than 70 years, the IBEW/NECA industry-funded apprenticeship program has consistently delivered the best value in workforce development, free of charge and at no taxpayer expense, to meet the Missouri’s next generation electrical needs, including electric vehicles, cybersecurity and robotics.  Diversity is fully integrated into its programs.  Up to 37 percent of its apprentices in the last 10 classes have been minorities.  It also invests in the Regional Union Construction Center’s mission to create a more sustainable minority contracting community.

The Electrical Connection is among six organizations named finalists for the Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award.  Others include Accenture, Anders, Emmis St. Louis, Gateway to Innovation and Mastercard.  The Arcus Awards honors companies, organizations, or institutions who make St. Louis a more inclusive and attractive place to live, work, and invest for all people. The St. Louis Regional Chamber will salute 56 companies across 10 categories that align with the Chamber’s purpose to inspire a greater St. Louis. Learn more at www.stlregionalchamber.com.

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information visit www.electricalconnection.org.

Electrical Connection Unites Rural & Urban Community Building through “Shop with a Cop”

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The Electrical Connection united rural and urban community building through a highly successful holiday charity program. Earlier this year, the labor-management partnership teamed with St. Louis FC to expand its support of the St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” program and energize a similar program in Ferguson, Mo. Both communities held “Shop with a Cop” holiday giving programs on December 15, 2016 thanks to $5,000 donations to each program from the Electrical Connection.

“Shop with a Cop” is one of the most successful law enforcement community trust-building programs.  It raises money so law enforcement can take disadvantaged children December holiday shopping to get gifts they would not otherwise receive.  Since 1993, the Electrical Connection has donated more than $60,000 to the Saint Francois County “Shop with Cop,” which serves 500 children annually. The Electrical Connection a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

“The Electrical Connection’s commitment to our ‘Shop with a Cop’ program has helped it become the largest in the country,” said St. Francois County Sherriff Dan Bullock.  “And we are pleased they are using their partnership with Saint Louis FC to not only further support of our program, but to expand it to Ferguson, Mo.”

“’Shop with a Cop’ has been extraordinarily successful in building a bond with the community,” said Ferguson Police Chief Delrish Moss.  “We are grateful the Electrical Connection’s partnership with St. Louis FC is helping us energize our community engagement with ‘Shop with a Cop’ this December.”

The Electrical Connection’s expanded its outreach for “Shop with a Cop” last summer when it introduced and sponsored Saint Louis FC’s “Christmas in July” fundraiser at its July 30, 2016 soccer game.  The more than $3,300 raised supported not only the St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” program, but helped the Ferguson police department expand its “Shop with a Cop” program.

“The strength of our union and electrical contracting partners is our outreach to strengthen Missouri’s urban and rural areas,” said Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1.  “For more than 70 years, our industry-funded apprenticeship program has trained urban and rural residents, free of charge and at no taxpayer expense, to meet the state’s next generation electrical needs.  There’s no better value in workforce development.  Likewise, we’ve committed our charitable endeavors to strengthen urban and rural communities from which we recruit our workforce and build our projects.”

This year alone, the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership has supported urban programs like Rebuilding Together and Habitat for Humanity and rural programs like “Shop with a Cop” and the flood recovery of Ride on St. Louis (ROSL), an equine assisted therapy program in Kimmswick, Mo.  It is also a significant supporter of STEM education in rural and urban school districts.

“For Missouri to prosper, the rural and urban areas we serve must be part of our outreach to strengthen education, workforce development and community vitality,” said Douglas R. Martin, executive vice president of the St. Louis Chapter, NECA.

“The Electrical Connection leadership has a long and proud tradition of giving back to the communities in which we live, work and serve. It is second nature to us to reach out to our partners and work together to build strong and positive relationships,” said Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection.

The St. Francois County and Ferguson “Shop with a Cop” events on Dec. 15, 2016, included representatives from Saint Louis FC giving away soccer balls to kids.

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information visit www.electricalconnection.org.

 

Complying with FAA Rules for Commercial Drones Certification

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By Jim Curran, Executive Vice President, Electrical Connection

Drones - Phantom 3When you consider the technology that goes into commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones, you can understand why the Electrical Connection partnership is taking a leading role in training for UAV certification.  UAVs are essentially flying robots that integrate wireless communications and controls. Training in advanced manufacturing that relies on robotics, process controls and wireless communications has long been a staple of the Electrical Industry Training Center.

The training center is operated by the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1.  UAV onboard cameras and other data-gathering and inspection sensors provide IBEW/NECA members a powerful tool that is safe and effective.  UAV technologies can be used for thermal imaging to detect electrical infrastructure hot spots in buildings, three-dimensional mapping of topography for precision planning of electrical installations and construction project monitoring of progress and site assets.  The construction industry is predicted to lead the commercial UAV market with the 10 largest construction firms worldwide already deploying or experimenting with UAVs.

With that in mind, the Electrical Connection hosted an Oct. 28, 2016 informational session on UAV certification at the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center in St. Louis.  Working with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) – Gateway Chapter and UAViation, IBEW/NECA is developing the region’s first-ever curriculum for commercial UAV certification.   This summer, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) created a certification process covering the operation of commercial drones which took effect on Aug. 29, 2016.  The number of commercial UAVs will grow from 600,000 units in 2016 to 2.7 million by 2020.  The new FAA rules are designed to minimize risks to other aircraft, people and property on the ground.  Annual worldwide UAV production is predicted to rise from $4 billion to more than $14 billion by 2026.

Certification at the training center will be open to all industries using commercial UAVs.  This includes first responders, real estate firms, agriculture, media and film makers, civil engineering civic entities and others.  For example, agriculture and land management enterprises might use UAVs equipped with special sensors to analyze crop health or water quality.  First responders may use UAV’s equipped with thermal sensors to detect human heat signatures in search and rescue operations.

The new FAA small UAV regulations are outlined in a 624-page rule book and include a number of limitations for commercial UAV use.  For example, the maximum weight limit for a commercial drone is 55 pounds and it’s limited to altitudes of 400 feet with a few exceptions.  Drones may also not be flown out of visual contact.

IBEW/NECA electrical and communication training spans more than 70 years and has been continuously adapted to new technologies like UAVs.  Training was refined at the dawn of the Information Age and for data storage, building automation, wireless integrated communications, electric vehicles and robotics.  It is the prime reason why the Electrical Connection partners with visionary organizations like AUVSI-Gateway Chapter so our workforce is always prepared to safely and proficiently install the technologies we will rely on in the future.  Learn more at www.electricalconnection.org.

Northwest R1 School District Unveils New Scoreboard Donated by the Electrical Connection

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There was a little added excitement to “Friday Night Lights” on August 26, 2016 in the Northwest R1 School District as the high school unveiled a brand new digital scoreboard made possible through donations from the Electrical Connection and other district partnerships.   The scoreboard includes a state-of-the-art video screen and was installed by Piros Signs, Inc. with assistance from Five Star Electric and electricians from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1.   IBEW partners with the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) to form the Electrical Connection.

“The new scoreboard and video screen make our football games and other sports much more memorable for our students and parents,” said Northwest R1 School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Ziegler. “The Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA partnership has been a great supporter of our school and community.  We are grateful for their generous donation and the reliability of their services.”

Members of the Electrical Connection partnership have proficiently installed a number of electrical improvements to schools in the district including new gymnasiums and library renovations at Murphy and Brennan Woods Elementary schools, as well as a variety of other projects.  In addition to Five Star Electric, local IBEW/NECA contractors who have served the district include Sachs Electric Co., Eckelkamp Electric, and several other IBEW/NECA electrical contractors over the years.  IBEW offers an electrical contractor hotline to help customers find reliable and quality electrical service providers at 314-932-6526.

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  The Electrical Connection offers the largest data base of Missouri’s most reliable and proficient electrical contractors at www.electricalconnection.org.  Or you can call the IBEW electrical contractor hotline at 314-932-6526.

Cutline for image:  At the August 26, 2016 dedication of the new Northwest R1 High School digital scoreboard were, left to right, David Brand Jr. Piros Signs, Inc.; Chuck DeMoulin, IBEW Local 1 business representative; Dr. Paul Ziegler, superintendent, Northwest R1 School District; Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1; Tim Green, IBEW/NECA director of governmental affairs; and Billy Winkler, owner, Five Star Electric

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