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NECA 2007 San Francisco Is Finally Here

NECA 2007 San Francisco is finally here, and we want you to make the most of all the educational opportunities, inspiring guest speakers, show floor business opportunities and excitement this event offers! October 4 - 9, 2007 http://www.necaconvention.org

Make one of your first stops the registration desk, located in the lobby of the Moscone Convention Center South. Here you will pick up your official NECA 2007 San Francisco Convention and Show Guide, along with an addendum memo that will inform you of any last minute room or schedule changes that may have occurred. You will also find a trade show floor map, which will be helpful when you look for particular booths you want to visit. Extra guides and maps will be available in convenient bins located near the registration desk.

Also, stop by the Information Booth and pick up your NECA 2007 San Francisco lanyard sponsored by Milwaukee Tools. And don't forget to pick up your Free Gift from Nordstrom's Department Store! Attention NECA Members: the Information Booth is also where you will be picking up any special badge ribbons you are eligible to wear.

To view the NECA 2007 San Francisco schedule online, click here now. You can also check out the NECA Show Floor Plan and a list of current exhibitors. Any other information can be found at www.necaconvention.org.

Also, check out your September 2007 issue of Electrical Contractor Magazine for the special NECA Show 2007 Directory, which features a schedule of events, beginning on page 82.

Visit ELECTRI International in the Green Ally on the NECA 2007 San Francisco show floor

As you make your way across the NECA 2007 San Francisco show floor, make sure to stop by booth # 1438 to visit ELECTRI International, The Foundation for Electrical Construction. ELECTRI International, established in 1989 by NECA, funds, conducts, coordinates, and monitors the industry's most critical research and delivers to the industry exemplary management education and supervisory training programs. This year the ELECTRI booth is positioned in the "Green Ally" section of the show floor-an area designated solely to renewable energy and solar exhibitors.

On display will be a model of the "Morning Star" house, Penn State University's entry in the Solar Decathlon competition, and a project being funded in part by a $50, 000 grant from ELECTRI International. The Solar Decathlon competition is designed to increase awareness about solar photovoltaic technology. Twenty universities from around the world will compete in the Decathlon in October on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Decathlon competition includes the design and construction of a demonstration solar home whose energy use will be metered. The built-to-scale model of the Morning Star house in the ELECTRI International booth will accompany a poster explaining the various features of the solar home, and provide more detailed information about the Solar Decathlon event and the goals of the Penn State University Solar Decathlon team.

On Saturday, October 6, an educational mini-session led by Thomas Glavanich, an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering at the University of Kansas, will provide an overview of the ELECTRI International research project entitled Streamlining Home Office Operations that is currently underway. This research project is studying the business operations of electrical contracting firms. It includes the mapping and analyzing of a number of key processes such as preconstruction planning, progress management, change management, closeout and developing improvement strategies. In addition, this mini-session will share results and insights gleaned from this research so far.

ELECTRI International staff will also be available at the booth to answer questions and share information about the work of the Foundation during show hours.

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