Electrical Connection earns Corporate Citizenship Award from St. Louis Regional Chamber

STEM EDUCATION The Electrical Connection committed last year to investing $500,000 in a STEM education partnership with the Saint Louis Science Center to advance science, technology, engineering and math education in schools. Celebrating the continuing partnership are (from left) Saint Louis Science Center President and CEO Bert Vescolani, St. Louis Chapter National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) CEO Doug Martin, Electrical Connection Executive Vice President Jim Curran and IBEW Local 1 Business Manager Frank Jacobs. – Compass Communications photo

The St. Louis Regional Chamber has honored the Electrical Connection with an Arcus Award. The electrical industry labor-management partnership was presented the Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award at a gala event March 1 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel downtown.

The celebration drew more than 600 leaders from the business and civic community. 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).

The Electrical Connection was saluted for a number of initiatives to improve the communities that its contractors and electricians serve.

In fall 2017, the Electrical Connection committed to investing $500,000 in a STEM education partnership with the Saint Louis Science Center to advance science, technology, engineering and math education in schools.

The Electrical Connection had previously sponsored the high-tech lighting of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium.

It has also been a major supporter of FIRST Robotics and the St. Charles Economic Development Center’s salute to STEM achievers and has engaged more than 10,000 students in how STEM subjects connect to electrical careers.


The Electrical Connection’s civic support also includes:

• A 14-year commitment to Rebuilding Together St. Louis, donating labor and more than $825,000 in materials to improve more than 485 homes for low-income, disabled and elderly St. Louisans.

• Donating $1.5 million since 2004 in services to Habitat for Humanity to safely wire nearly 300 new homes.

• Helping National Night Out neighborhood safety by donating more than $450,000 in materials/services to install security lighting in more than 850 homes.

• Donating new scoreboards, including installation, for several schools.

• Being an important resource of the electrical industry, including energy and technology trends, through board service to the Hawthorne Foundation, Missouri Energy Initiative, Missouri Partnership and others.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH of the Electrical Connection has included sponsoring the high-tech lighting of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, one of many ongoing community support and charitable efforts of the Connection’s partners, IBEW Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association. – Compass Communications photo

• Ongoing sponsorship of the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues & Saint Louis FC.

• Reenergizing Ferguson, MO’s “Shop with a Cop” program while continuing its 23-year support of the St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop,” donating more than $59,000.


For more than 75 years, the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center has consistently delivered the best value in workforce development.

Training is free of charge and at no taxpayer expense and structured to meet Missouri’s next generation electrical needs, including electric vehicles, cybersecurity, smart building technology, robotics, advanced manufacturing and digital communications.

Diversity is fully integrated into the training center’s programs.  More than 25 percent of apprentices accepted to the program are minorities.

The partnership also invests in the Regional Union Construction Center’s mission to create a more sustainable minority contracting community.


The Electrical Connection was among five organizations named finalists for the Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award. Others included:

• Bunzl Distribution.

• Maritz.

• Millapore Sigma.

• Redberri Corporation.

• Redberri Earth Foundation. 

The Arcus Awards honor companies, organizations, and institutions that make St. Louis a more inclusive and attractive place to live, work, and invest for all people. Learn more at stlregionalchamber.com.

To learn more about the Electrical Connection, visit electricalconnection.org.


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