The Electrical Connection
Jim Curran is executive vice president of the Electrical Connection, a labor-management partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local One and the St. Louis Chapter National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). Collectively, the IBEW/NECA partnership traces its roots to the first commercial use of electricity in the 1800s.
Curran develops business opportunities for IBEW/NECA statewide by working with organizations advancing Missouri’s economic development, energy and technology needs. He is board secretary for the Hawthorn Foundation and also serves on its executive committee. In addition, Curran’s board service includes the Missouri Partnership, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) – Gateway Chapter, Univerdant Sustainability Network, LLC, the Missouri Small Modular Reactor (SMRs) Readiness Committee, the St. Louis Regional Chamber Energy and Environmental Committee and The Economic Development Center of St. Charles County.
In addition, Curran orchestrates the Electrical Connection’s energy STEM education partnerships with the Saint Louis Science Center, Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club, Partners for Progress of Greater St. Charles, FIRST Robotics and more. He co-authored an article in the St. Louis American on the importance of STEM education in the electrical industry. (see http://bit.ly/1G0lLbs).
Curran’s career as an economic development specialist has included service as past president of the Fenton Development Association, past president of the Hotel Sales and Marketing Association International-Missouri Chapter and as a ten-year board member of the Missouri Economic Development Council (MEDC). He has also spotlighted numerous economic development issues as a former radio talk show host.