Spark’n Conversations

Industry experts sit with Master Electrician, and Electrical Association Director of Education, Mike Miller about trends and challenges facing contractors, talking shop, and everything needed to keep electricians in-the-know.

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5 days ago

With increasing awareness of environmental issues, solar energy is gaining prominence as a vital part of the energy conversation. The Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MnSEIA) is committed to advocating and supporting the growth of solar and energy sectors in Minnesota.  Logan appears on the podcast with Mike to highlight the crucial role of solar energy and MnSEIA's initiatives in providing Minnesotans with a safe, renewable energy source.  After listening to the podcast you can go directly to the MnSEIA website to learn more: https://www.mnseia.org/

Wednesday May 22, 2024

unCommon Construction is a nonprofit organization that provides students with opportunities to build houses together, enhancing their technical, professional, and personal skill sets. In this episode, Minneapolis Site Director Spence Grant joins Mike to discuss the program’s purpose, eligibility requirements, and additional details
 
After listening to the podcast you can go directly to the unCommon Construction website to learn more: 
https://uncommonconstruction.org/ 

Monday Apr 22, 2024

Dean Hunter, the Chief Electrical Inspector with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, is making a return appearance on our podcast to tackle questions about the 2023 electrical code.

Wednesday Mar 13, 2024

The Electrical Association and Federated Insurance have been partnering for over 60 years. In our latest podcast, Mike sits down with Regional Marketing Manager, Jordy Christian, to discuss everything you need to know about insurance.  
 
After listening to the podcast you can go directly to the Federated Insurance website: 
https://www.federatedinsurance.com/

Thursday Feb 22, 2024

Join Mike and Chris in this episode as they unpack the 2023 electrical code amendments, with a spotlight on alterations to medium voltage regulations. Get insights into the extended rules and a comprehensive discussion on how these changes will shape the landscape of the electrical industry.
 
After listening to the podcast you can go directly to ElectroTech's website: 
https://www.electrotech-inc.com/

Thursday Jan 25, 2024

Have you considered buying or selling a business? Do you need help in figuring out how the process works? Richard sits down with Mike in our latest episode to help answer your questions when it comes to buying or selling a business. 
 
After listening to the podcast you can go directly to the Sunbelt Business Solutions website for more information: 
https://www.sunbeltmidwest.com/
 

Friday Dec 15, 2023

The Electrical Association has collaborated with Lake Street Works well before the creation of their workforce development program. Jess and Mike sit down for a discussion, delving into what the program is, the students, and so much more! 
 
After listening to the podcast you can go directly to the Lake Street Works website to learn more: 
https://www.lakestreetworks.org/

Friday Nov 17, 2023

Goodwill-Easter Seals is a workforce partner of the Electrical Association. Mike sits down with Kristen to learn about the organization, the YouthBuild program, and more! 
 
After listening to the podcast you can go directly to the Goodwill-Easter Seals YouthBuild website to learn more: 
https://www.goodwilleasterseals.org/services/youthyoung-adult-services/youthbuild 

Thursday Oct 05, 2023

Summit Academy OIC is one of the Electrical Association's workforce partners. Mike sits down with Amanda to learn about the school, the participants, and much more. Take a listen! 
 
After listening to the podcast you can go directly to Summit Academy's website to learn more: 
https://saoic.org/ 

Friday Sep 15, 2023

Electrical vehicle charging stations are popping up all over Minnesota and there is a need for more electricians to be certified to work on them. Beth Kallestad, Principal Sustainability Planner at the Office of Sustainability and Public Health for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, discusses with Mike the requirements for EV charging station certification, Minnesota's EV Infrastructure Plan and more!  
 
To learn more about Minnesota's Electrical Vehicle Infrastructure Plan please visit there website: 
https://talk.dot.state.mn.us/ev-infrastructure-plan
 
You can also e-mail Beth directly at Elizabeth.Croteau.Kallestad@state.mn.us 

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