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National Electrical Contractors Association Sees Massive Success with First Virtual Convention

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The National Electrical Contractors Association is proud to announce the success of NECA 2020 LIVE, sponsored by Powering Chicago, the association’s first ever virtual convention and trade show. From Oct. 6–8, NECA 2020 LIVE saw 5,104 live participants interact with nearly 100 exhibitors, experience 84 education sessions and product demos from 22 companies, and network virtually with the entire electrical construction industry.

NECA 2020 LIVE, sponsored by Powering Chicago, saw 5,104 participants during the live event, with more to come as content is archived until November 15.

All NECA 2020 LIVE content will be available for registrants through November 15, providing an unprecedented opportunity to explore every second of education and entertainment for the first time in NECA Convention history. New registrations will also be available throughout that time for those interested to explore all that NECA has to offer.

“When we began planning NECA 2020 LIVE, we had great ambitions, but you never quite know how attendees are going to respond to such a massive change,” said Beth Ellis, NECA Executive Director of Convention & Meetings. “We were absolutely floored by the response, with thousands of NECA members and other electrical industry figures all coming together and using our platform to engage with each other in ways they had not done all year. We could not be more thrilled to see this success and hear how great the experience was both for loyal NECA Convention attendees, and those who had never been able to travel before.”

NECA intends to utilize virtual options for all major events going forward, but there will still be an emphasis made on bringing the entire industry together in one physical location once that is possible.

“I am so proud of our incredible staff and the entire association for all the hard work that led to the success of NECA 2020 LIVE,” said NECA CEO David Long. “When we made

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National Electrical Contractors Association Sees Massive Success with First Virtual Convention | News

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The National Electrical Contractors Association is proud to announce the success of NECA 2020 LIVE, sponsored by Powering Chicago, the association’s first ever virtual convention and trade show. From Oct. 6–8, NECA 2020 LIVE saw 5,104 live participants interact with nearly 100 exhibitors, experience 84 education sessions and product demos from 22 companies, and network virtually with the entire electrical construction industry.

All NECA 2020 LIVE content will be available for registrants through November 15, providing an unprecedented opportunity to explore every second of education and entertainment for the first time in NECA Convention history. New registrations will also be available throughout that time for those interested to explore all that NECA has to offer.

“When we began planning NECA 2020 LIVE, we had great ambitions, but you never quite know how attendees are going to respond to such a massive change,” said Beth Ellis, NECA Executive Director of Convention & Meetings. “We were absolutely floored by the response, with thousands of NECA members and other electrical industry figures all coming together and using our platform to engage with each other in ways they had not done all year. We could not be more thrilled to see this success and hear how great the experience was both for loyal NECA Convention attendees, and those who had never been able to travel before.”

NECA intends to utilize virtual options for all major events going forward, but there will still be an emphasis made on bringing the entire industry together in one physical location once that is possible.

“I am so proud of our incredible staff and the entire association for all the hard work that led to the success of NECA 2020 LIVE,” said NECA CEO David Long. “When we made

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All residents accounted for, at least 20 homes damaged, in massive fire at Lake Ohau

Eleven helicopters and seven ground crews are battling a massive fire at Lake Ohau which has devastated the township destroying dozens of houses.

Fire and Emergency incident controller Graeme Still said the fire was burning over approximately 1600 hectares.

Sill flew over the fire ground on Sunday afternoon and estimated at least 20 homes have been damaged or destroyed in Lake Ohau Village.

Still said an Urban Search and Rescue team will be deployed to make a full assessment of the village.

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“All residents are accounted for, and we will have crews in the village overnight in case of any flare ups.

“Due to the high winds it has so far been unsafe for residents to return to their homes to assess damage. “I am very mindful of how upsetting it is for the residents. Their safety is our main concern at this time,” Still said.

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Burned countryside near Lake Ohau as helicopters work to contain a blaze that has destroyed many homes.

Crews are working to steer the fire away from other structures and critical infrastructure, including the main power lines servicing Queenstown and Wanaka, he said.

High winds meant the fire had not yet been contained, and he said the situation could change rapidly with any shift in the wind, he said.

Two diggers and a grader were also being used to create firebreaks to help safeguard critical infrastructure.

The fire has devastated the Lake Ohau village.

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The fire has devastated the Lake Ohau village.

Residents and holidaymakers fled in the middle of the night as the large forest fire bore down on the alpine village in the Waitaki District about 3am on Sunday. The blaze, the biggest of several burning around

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Montgomery County files lawsuit over massive dumpsite behind homes

Montgomery County has filed a lawsuit against a land clearing company that has built a massive wall of debris reaching 25 feet high and spanning more than six football fields in length behind a townhome development in Woodforest creating a safety hazard and a rodent and roach infestation for homeowners.

The lawsuit that names Justin Hasara, Ector Barrera, Hasara Land Services, J &H Land Venturs and Ash-Gram Materials follows investigations by the County Attorney’s Office, the County Environmental Health Services department, District Attorney’s Office and the Fire Marshal’s Office.

According to the lawsuit filed late Friday, the debris is “being maintained in an unsanitary condition and the neighboring residents have complained of the existence of rodents, snakes, and other disease carrying pests emerging from the piles. Defendants have been observed burning the wood waste at the Property for their unauthorized wood processing and mulching operations. Defendants do not have the requisite permits or financial assurance required by the State to operate a solid waste, wood processing, or wood mulching facility at the property. Further, the piles of refuse and wood waste create an extreme fire hazard to the residents in the neighboring community and subdivision as the piles are mainly comprised of combustible materials.”

The lawsuit seeks immediate injunctive relief to prohibit any further dumping or burning on the property and gives Barrera and Hasara 90 days to remove all the debris on the property. If they fail to meet that deadline, the county will take control to abate the property.

Hasara did not return calls seeking comment.


Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley said he has been aware of the issue on the property where Hasara dumps debris cleared from land for development for about two years. However, about two months ago, Hasara built the massive wall within feet of

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Seneca One invites the public to see results of massive renovation project through series of new events

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo’s tallest building is coming back to life. 

There are people living in Seneca One for the first time, and it’s also a growing hub for technology and innovation in downtown Buffalo. Now, members of the public who are interested in seeing the results of Douglas Jemal’s more than $100 million dollar development project at the tower will have the opportunity to check it out, too. 

Seneca One has been hosting small group tours two days a week, which will continue into the fall on Wednesdays and Fridays. They’ve also announced two outdoor ticketed events in October, a dog adoption event on October 10, and a Bills watch party on for the primetime game against Kansas City on Thursday, October 15.

There’s a new food hall on the building’s third-floor lobby, which is open to the public Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m, featuring a toast bar and other stations. 

Douglas Development Corporation Director of Development Sean Heidinger says group yoga classes with Space on Seneca will be added to the schedule soon. 

Heidinger says that while they want to show off the building and have it be a source of civic pride for Western New Yorkers, they also want to keep their visitors and tenants safe. 

“What we can do with events and programming at this tower, even if you don’t live here, even if you don’t work here, we want to find way to work with our neighbors and provide opportunities for the public, for kids, to come here, to learn,” Heidinger told 2 On Your Side. “Seneca One is going to be the perfect place to do that. If we can engage kids at a young level, and they come here and they learn about M&T’s Tech academy, that could be

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