It’s not often that a local trade group gets the opportunity to travel to the nation’s capital to meet with industry leaders from its national organization, but that’s just what Tom Morgan of Harrington Electric and his fellow board members did last September as representatives of Greater Cleveland Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).
The leadership meeting, organized by the chapter Executive Director, Tom Shreves, and held at NECA national headquarters in Washington, D.C., was a chance to listen to and share ideas pertaining to the issues, challenges and opportunities faced by professionals in our region with key government affairs and business development representatives from the organization.
“Aside from meeting NECA CEO David Long and other key players at the national headquarters, we were able to bring several key topics to the discussion, including attracting recruits to the trade, statewide projects that could impact the local workforce, proposed changes in the industry’s apprenticeship program, and updating professional training requirements,” Morgan explained. “Overall, it was an extremely productive trip, and we came back with the sense that our national organization is truly motivated to support our local activity and help our member companies grow.”
As owner and president of Harrington Electric, Tom Morgan also serves on the board of directors of the Greater Cleveland Chapter (GCC NECA) which represents three divisions including Lake Erie (IBEW L.U. 129), Northeast Ohio (IBEW L.U. 673) and Cleveland (IBEW L.U. 38).
NECA serves as “the voice of the electrical construction industry,” whose goal is to create and expand business opportunities for contractors nationwide who bring power, light and communication technology to buildings and communities across the country. NECA contractors are the technical professionals responsible for the most innovative and safest electrical construction in the U.S.