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Business Development

Our goal is to create and expand business opportunities for NECA contractors. 

What we do:

  1. Create new online business development resources
  2. Create national level relationships between NECA and large customers, i.e., Bass Pro Shops, etc.
  3. Support targeted activities of NECA and LMCC business developers.
  4. Administer and judge the Project Excellence Awards.

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NECA Project Excellence Awards

To showcase the exceptional work performed by our member-contractors throughout the country, the National Electrical Contractors Association created the Project Excellence Awards to recognize companies for their outstanding commitment, professionalism and ingenuity in delivering an electrical project across 12 different market sectors. 

NECA will accept submissions for the 2020 Project Excellence Award from February 1 to May 30, 2021. Awards will be based on whether the electrical/technology portion of the project is valued under or over $1 million for each market sector, except for industrial, low voltage/integrated systems, overhead transmission, residential, substation/interconnection and transportation/infrastructure. Applications submitted must be based on projects completed in 2020.

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Our Mission:

To maintain and grow NECA member's market share by providing the knowledge, tools, resources and conditions for success.

The Business Development Task Force provides a framework where non-proprietary information on best practices and successful initiatives are shared. It addresses not only traditional lines of business but also emerging technologies in design and construction, energy efficiency, wind, solar, EV, data centers, smart grid, and energy storage. The Task Force also explores opportunities related to topics like financing, tax incentives, advocacy, education, research, tools, training, and collaboration with federal agencies, state or local governments, universities, other associations or industry groups.

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NECA Names Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Bailey, USMC (Ret.), As Vice President of Industry Development

Aug 06, 2020


August 6, 2020

Media Contact:
Matthew Kraus
Director, Communications
National Electrical Contractors Association


Bethesda, Md.—The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Retired Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Bailey, USMC, as Vice President of Industry Development.

Bailey will be working on creating executive training programs, expanding the scope of workforce development, implementing diversity strategies, creating partnerships with institutions of higher learning, and leading the charge on recruitment programs that bring new, skilled workers into the industry. This will include a focus on recruiting ex-military personnel to NECA member companies and various Chapter positions.

Lt. Gen. Bailey has had a long and distinguished military career, beginning as a Second Lieutenant, USMC, in 1977. During his impressive career, Bailey oversaw the Marine Corps Recruiting Command and he served as commanding general of the First Marine Division and as commanding general of the Third Marine Expeditionary Brigade. He was also a Military National Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. After many decades of military service, in June 2013, Bailey was promoted to Lieutenant General and was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps as Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations, a role he held until his retirement from the United States Marine Corps after 41 years of service in 2017. In 2018, Bailey became Vice President for External Affairs at Austin Peay State University, his alma mater. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Travis Manion Foundation, which develops programs and training opportunities for veterans and their families. He also serves as Chair-Elect/1st Vice Chair of the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce.

NECA Chief Executive Officer David Long said, “I have known Gen. Bailey for nearly 10 years and have had the honor of working with him on a wide variety of business and community initiatives. I am thrilled he is bringing his invaluable experience as a three-star general from the battlefield to the boardroom to help take NECA’s Industry Development efforts to the next level. He has a proven record in developing performance-driven teams, and I know he will help us meet and exceed the needs of NECA contractors and generate meaningful results for our members. We are excited to welcome him to the team.”

NECA is the voice of the $171 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the United States. NECA's national office in Bethesda, Md., and 118 local chapters advance the industry through advocacy, education, research, and standards development. Go to www.necanet.org for more information.