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August 30, 2011 - Vol 3, Issue 18
In This Issue
More Than 7,500 Trained in First Observer's Parking Module
Share Your Knowledgee and Expertise at the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo
Member Benefit Corner: IPI's CareerHQ
IPI's Webinar - Suicide and the Parking Garage - Provided First Hand Information
IPI Next Webinar: What's Your BRAND?
CAPP Enforcement: On- & Off- Street
September Issue of The Parking Professional Online
State of the States

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More Than 7,500 Trained In First Observer's Parking Module - Is Your Staff?

First Observer

As we come upon the 10th anniversary of 9/11, it is not only important to reflect upon the momentousness of that day, but also to make sure that your parking operations are as well prepared as possible for any future acts of terrorism. Since IPI began working with the Transportation Security Administration in 2010 to create free parking-specific training, 7,769 individuals have been trained either in-person or online in the parking module of First Observer's anti-terrorism training program.


First Observer arms parking professionals with the skills they need to address five critical security areas: on-street, surface lots, garages/decks, special events, and shuttle operations. The training enables parking professionals to identify a potential threat, provides background on different terrorist groups and their patterns of operation, gives an overview of weapons, and details case studies of terror situations. First Observers build the skills to report potential situations using a concise, accurate and simple communications process.

To schedule your training, contact the First Observer call center at 888.217.5902 or visit www.parking.org/firstobserver.


ALL training is provided free of charge - there are NO associated costs. 


Share Your Knowledge and Expertise at the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo

The 2012 International Parking Institute Conference & Expo will take place June 10-13, 2012, in Phoenix, Ariz., and is the world's premier event celebrating parking. This number-one event in the parking industry will be bigger, better - and even more successful than ever - but we need you!


IPI is currently accepting presentation proposals for the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo. Experienced and articulate individuals willing to share their expertise and real-world practices are invited to submit presentation proposals. IPI is looking for presentations that illustrate case studies, share best practices, illuminate important issues, bring "how-to" knowledge, identify trends, and increase the skill level of parking professionals. The IPI Program Committee will then hand-pick the most engaging, knowledgeable, and inspirational presentations and speakers.


Proposal presentations are due October 1, 2011, and selected presenters at the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo are entitled to a 25 percent discount off full conference or daily registrations.


For more information on the IPI Call for Presentations and to submit your presentation proposal, click here or contact Henry Wallmeyer at 540.371.7535.


Member Benefit Corner: IPI's CareerHQ

IPI Career HQ

IPI's CareerHQ provides the parking industry with a dedicated job board to post parking and transportation specific positions. Parking professionals interested in finding employment in the parking industry can search for new opportunities and create their own profiles, highlighting their skills and experiences for interested companies. New jobs are posted frequently and all jobs on CareerHQ are now also posted on IPI's social media network.


Here are just a few of the most recent jobs posted at IPI's CareerHQ.   

IPI members can post a job for just $49 (non-members $149). Anyone can look for a job at http://careers.parking.org/.


IPI's Webinar - Suicide and the Parking Garage - Provided First Hand Information

IPI's August 24 webinar, Suicide and the Parking Garage, provided information on why suicide from jumping happens and where it is most likely to occur. It also covered what parking professionals can do to handle a suicide situation and possibly prevent it.


Instructors Lanny Berman, Ph.D., ABPP, American Association of Suicidology; Isaiah Mouw, CAPP, Republic Parking System; Bobby Stone, University of Texas, Austin; and Andy Troth, CAPP, Baylor University Medical Center, fielded questions during the webinar such as:


What were the costs of the modifications made to the University of Texas at Austin garages?

$50,000, which included four awnings over entrances and exits of two separate garages. These awnings were constructed using the same colors that the University of Texas at Austin uses for wayfinding signs, and they have the garage name on them. This allows them to be perceived by many as wayfinding elements of the structure while also serving as barrier that blocks a clear path to the ground. The cost also included some limited landscaping (trees) with irrigation.


IPI members can read the entire Q&A from the webinar or anyone can access the archived webinar.


What's Your BRAND? Five Key Ingredients to Building a Successful Brand for Your Parking Operations

IPI's Next Webinar

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 2:00 PM EDT


Instructor: Todd Pierce, President of PICTOFORM


What's your BRAND? This webinar will examine the five key ingredients to building a successful brand or perception of your transient parking operations.

Be memorable!
Be affordable!
Be available!
Be clean and safe!
Be easy!


Todd will explore how an effective BRAND can enhance the overall parking experience and keep parking patrons coming back again and again!


$35.00 for IPI Members; $50.00 for Non-Members  



CAPP Enforcement: On- & Off- Street


The next CAPP two-day seminar offering, Enforcement: On- & Off-Street, will be held on Thursday and Friday, October 20 and 21, 2011, at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pa.  By attending this seminar, you can expect to gain access to the latest technology in enforcement; the chance to discuss trends and techniques with your colleagues; better ways to identify and track scofflaws; exposure to new ideas to enhance your career; information to improve the efficiency of your enforcement operation; and other ideas designed to increase your operations' efficiency.


Registration deadline is October 7, 2011, and the rates are $400 for IPI members and $650 for non-members. Hotel reservations can be made by calling 1-800-THE OMNI.  Rates are $175 per night plus tax and the room reservation deadline is September 28, 2011.


To register, download the registration packet and email your completed registration and registration fee to Lauri Chudoba or fax it to 540.371.8022.


View the September Issue of The Parking Professional


The September issue of The Parking Professional is now available online.


Hail Mary and Touchdown!

By Kim Fernandez


For college parking professionals, the difference between a successful football season and one filled with frustration is quite literally in the details.


Texas Tech started making 2011 football headlines in April, but not for its quarterback or coach. Instead, in a development likely envied by parking professionals at colleges across the country, the university saw itself splashed across sports pages because of a parking garage.


IPI Members can read this article and the rest of the issue by accessing the online version of The Parking Professional.


Advertising information is available by contacting Bonnie Watts, CEM, at 540.371.7535. 


Thanks to All the IPI Committee Volunteers 

IPI's Call for Volunteers had an overwhelming response from members eager to share their knowledge and talents to benefit the industry, and we are grateful to all of our volunteers. We know that volunteers will find thier experience personally and professionally rewarding.


The participation and contribution of time and creative energy by IPI members will enable us to further the mission of IPI, create programs and services of value to our membership, and identify future needs that benefit the industry as a whole. Knowing that our members' time is both valuable and limited,  we are grateful and proud to have you serve as committee volunteers. 


A list committee assignments can be viewed here.


State of the States

The Pennsylvania Parking Association will hold their 23rd Annual Conference September 21-23, 2011, in Bethlehem, Pa., at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem. The event will feature educational sessions, networking opportunities, tradeshow, award recognition, and golf tournament for parking professionals from around Pennsylvania and beyond. Currently 130 members strong, the PPA expects record attendance and invites all interested members of the parking community to join us in Bethlehem. See www.paparking.org for more information.