All The Latest News from NECA

May 31

Customize Your Experience With A La Carte and Weekend Packages!

We’re making it easier than ever to access the education, networking, and new products and technologies you need to help your business grow. In addition to full Convention registration, NECA members can choose from two new weekend packages that encompass a range of NECA Convention and Trade Show offerings, or members and non-members alike can fully customize their time at NECA 2012 Las Vegas with the a la carte menu!

Weekend Packages* 

Package #1:
Includes: Energy Forum or Safety Forum, Opening Reception, Sunday General
Session, Sunday Management Seminar, Sunday Tradeshow lunch, Sunday
Daily Prize tickets, Sunday Tradeshow pass, Sunday Technical Workshops,
and Sunday Showstopper Showcase $599

Package #2:
Includes: Energy Forum or Safety Forum, Sunday General Session, Sunday
Management Seminar, Sunday Tradeshow lunch, Sunday Daily Prize tickets,
Sunday Tradeshow pass, Sunday Technical Workshops, and Sunday
Showstopper Showcase. $499

A La Carte** 

Energy Forum:
Member $145 (included in full Convention registration)
Non-member $599

Safety Forum:
Member $250
Non-member $599

Opening Reception $200

Management Seminars (all 3 days) $525

Lunch on the Trade Show Floor (per day) $28

Trade Show only (Includes Technical Workshops & Showstopper Showcase) $85

*Weekend Packages are Member Only
**Pre-Convention Workshops Workshop prices vary (see pages 16–17) 

May 22

NEW! Safety Forum at NECA 2012 Las Vegas

The shared responsibility of workplace safety is a vital concern for electrical contractors and their employees. NECA’s the first-ever Safety Forum at its national convention, Saturday, Sept. 29 – Sunday, Sept. 30, will go right to the heart of what it takes to achieve and maintain safe work environments.

From company safety programs to employee training to NFPA 70E updates, you will get the latest information right from electrical construction safety leaders. Learn how to clearly demonstrate your company’s safety commitment to customers and potential customers and how to implement new safety rules throughout your workforce.

Safety Forum topics at NECA 2012 Las Vegas will include:

·         ET&D OSHA 10-Hour Course
·         Arc Flash Hazard and Protective Strategies
·         NECA’s System Approach to Safety
·         Leading Safety Indicators
·         NFPA 70-E Changes: What Contractors and Electricians Need to Know
·         OSHA’s New Standards for Power Transmission, Distribution and Electrical PPE
·         National Electrical Safety Code 2012 Changes

NECA is widely acknowledged as the industry’s best source for safety information. Save your company time, resources and lives by taking advantage of our Safety Forum at NECA 2012 Las Vegas!

May 21

Registering for NECA 2012 Las Vegas Makes Perfect Business Sense

Where else can you participate in education sessions geared to the needs of NECA contractors, connect with manufacturers and service providers you rely on, and meet up with your fellow NECA contractors?

No where else but NECA 2012 Las Vegas! And, you get all that knowledge and face-to-face networking in just three days, meaning fewer days out of the office, lower travel costs, and immediate results…at an $800 savings!

May 16


NECA education tracks are a series of strategies, best practices and newest technology grouped in five tracks of related topics. Each track is filled with hours of content presented by the industry’s leading experts geared to providing strategic and practical solutions for electrical contractors. If your firm is expanding into one or more of the alternative energy markets, then attend the Energy Solutions track, or send one of your colleagues to cover the information while you attend the Management Track. And, make sure your Safety Director attends the Safety Track. Each theme runs from pre-convention workshops to the management sessions to the technical workshops on the NECA show floor. These new streamlined tracks will help you keep up with the ever- evolving needs of the industry.

There is so much to stay abreast of in the world of technology and best practices. This track covers vital information such as pre-fabrication, significant NEC® code changes, measuring power consumption, new tool technology, leveraging BIM, and more.

These sessions are a continuation of the Energy Forum, providing an in-depth look at alternative energy opportunities available to electrical contractors. Topics covered include Smart Grid, Solar/PV, the vast market for lighting and controls retrofits, NECAWORKSTM, EVSE, and much more.

Line contractors are working in extraordinary times. They are at the forefront of electrical grid improvements, smart meters, broadband technology, and distributing power from renewable sources nationwide, as well as safety improvements. The only way your business can be prepared to take advantage of all the emerging market opportunities in our industry is to be exposed to new ideas and solutions. Attendees will find all the latest information and updates.

Immerse yourself in the leadership skills and knowledge you need in order to contribute more effectively as a key member of your management team. Driving improved business results through enabling technologies is crucial to grow sales, reduce expenses, and improve organizational effectiveness.

This safety track extends the learning from the Safety Forum. Topics include new OSHA enforcements, NFPA 70E compliance updates, safety through design, lightning protection advances, and more.

Attendees will find a complete matrix of the tracks on our website at The matrix chronologically outlines all sessions by related topic, so you can customize plan your NECA 2012 Las Vegas education program to fit your business needs.

May 15

Early Registration Opens Tuesday, May 22!

NECA’s annual convention and trade show are the electrical construction industry’s first choice for education, hands-on workshops and peer-to-peer networking.  At NECA 2012 Las Vegas, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, we’ll bring the best things about NECA together in one location – inspirational speakers, talented trainers, new products and plenty of opportunity to explore what’s good for your business.

Be looking for several great new programs at this year’s Convention and Trade Show, including all-new management education and technical workshop tracks, the first NECA Safety Forum, the 2nd Annual Energy Forum, and the NECA Student Chapter Green Energy Challenge . . . just a few of the exciting opportunities will be featuring in the NECA 2012 Las Vegas Circuit!

Early registration opens Tuesday, May 22!

May 10

NECA Energy Forum Returns in 2012 by Popular Demand!

Saturday, September 29, 2012 – 12:00pm – 5:30pm
Mandalay Bay

A revolution in energy technology is sweeping the nation, and each new discovery or innovation means growth opportunities for electrical contractors. Powerful advances in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources are creating new, profitable markets for those NECA members that recognize the signals and seize the moment.

In 2011, the first-ever NECA Energy Forum in San Diego drew over 250 contractors and their employees to a full-day combination of plenary sessions and breakout workshops detailing the numerous possibilities in  renewable power technology and integrated, energy-efficient building systems.

This year, the 2nd Annual Energy Forum is an intensive afternoon program on Saturday, Sept. 29 featuring keynote speakers and expert panels focused on the growth opportunities in energy solutions for electrical contractors. The Forum will conclude just in time for the NECA Green Energy Challenge, the annual NECA Student Chapter design competition full of innovative energy solutions for existing buildings.

Registration for the NECA Energy Forum is included in the Weekend Package registration. More information will be posted when registration goes live on May 22. Read more about the 2012 Energy Forum >>

May 08

Morning Joe and Mika Waking Up the Opening General Session

Joe Scarborough & Mika Brzezinski
Sunday, September 30 – 10:15–11:30 a.m.
Mandalay Bay

Two media superstars are bringing their collective expertise to NECA’s 2012 Opening General Session — Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski Co-hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Joe and Mika have carved out a following of devoted viewers, who tune in daily for their thoughtful analysis and commentary about the public events and politics shaping our daily lives. Joe and Mika are lively debaters with their guests and each other, unafraid to express different opinions without crossing the line to negative attacks.

Convention-goers will enjoy the story of how this unlikely on-air duo started working together, where they have found common ground, where they disagree and what we can all learn when we stop talking and start listening. Read more about NECA 2012 general sessions >>

May 07

Dreaming at The Wynn for Closing Celebration

Convention-goers will enjoy an exclusive NECA-only performance for one of the hottest tickets in town – Le Rêve – The Dream – at the Wynn Las Vegas for the Closing Celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 2.


Le Rêve combines fire and water in breathtaking performances in an intimate aqua theater-in-the-round. The show features aerial acrobatics, provocative choreography and artistic aerial feats. Le Rêve’s 93-member cast will capture your imagination with daring feats of strength and agility. Live music and special effects immerse the audience into a world of fantasy, adventure and intrigue.

The unique, in-the-round setting also guarantees an amazing view from all theater seats of the action on the aquatic stage. You’ll be immersed in the action of the show, but unless you request to sit in the splash-zone, you’ll stay completely dry.

Watch fantastic scenes from Le Rêve’s on Facebook, or follow all the action at the Wynn on Twitter.

Closing Celebration show time is 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Busing will not be provided, so please considering enjoying the Wynn’s phenomenal restaurants either before or after the show.