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October 11, 2011 - Vol 3, Issue 21
In This Issue
2012 IPI Conference & Expo: Floor 75 Percent Sold
Now Accepting 2012 Awards of Excellence Entries
IPI Next Webinar: Keys to Successful Event Parking from Planning to Follow Up
New RFPs Posted
Industry Headlines - From IPI's Social Media
It's State and Regional Association Conference Season
IMC 2012 Changes Affect Parking Garage Exhaust Systems
Parking Matters: Washington Post This Week: "Companies Hit Throttle on Parking"
State of the States

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2012 IPI Conference & Expo: Floor 75 Percent Sold

Conference logo 2012 Correct datesThe 2012 International Parking Institute Conference & Expo promises to be another fantastic success with more than 125 companies already solidifying their commitment to attend the industry's largest show of its kind in Phoenix, Arizona, June 10-13. Coupled with unmatched education, thought-provoking keynote speakers,  endless networking opportunities and more than 130,000 square feet of cutting-edge technology, parking professionals know this is the must-attend event of the year.  If you're looking to reach a targeted audience of decision-makers who plan, build, and manage parking organizations, book your space today!


Now Accepting 2012 Awards of Excellence Entries!

AOElogoThe International Parking Institute is now accepting entries for the 30th Annual Awards of Excellence competition.  Each year, IPI recognizes world-class examples of parking design and program innovation. Award categories recognize outstanding achievement in Design, Program/Operations, Rehabilitation, and Aesthetics. This year, two new categories have been added to the competition: Sustainable Parking/Transportation Design (for new facilities) and Best Design/Implementation of a Surface Parking Lot. In addition, Category IV has been upgraded to include existing Sustainable Parking/Transportation Programs or Operations.


Specific criteria being judged include exterior appearance, continuity with the surrounding environment, economy of construction, sustainable practices, security, lighting, ease of use, graphic and art elements, landscaping, architectural treatment, efficiency, compliance with the American Disabilities Act, operations efficiency, and revenue generation.


The deadline for receiving entries is Friday, December 16, 2011. Get all the details and the Official Entry Form.


Please contact Lauri Chudoba or call 540.371.7535 for more information.


Keys to Successful Event Parking from Planning to Follow Up

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IPI's Next Webinar


Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. EDT


Instructors: Don Jordan, VP, Operations, SP Plus Gameday and Anthony Squeo, Director, Special Events, SP Plus Gameday


This will be a walk-through the basics of building and executing an integrated parking and traffic plan for special events at many types of venues. This presentation will draw from more than 36 years' experience managing parking at events that include 12 Super Bowls, four Olympic Games, the World Equestrian Games, NASCAR races, presidential inaugurations, and G8 summits. It will include specific examples of techniques and technologies that can be applied to a wide array of situations and events.


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



New RFPs Posted on IPI RFP Portal

Email HeaderThese and other open parking RFPs are available at the IPI RFP Portal. Access to complete RFP details is restricted to IPI Members.


City of Great Falls, Mont.
For: Capital Needs Assessment


City of Columbus, Ohio
For: Bike Parking Facilities 

Do you have an RFP you would like to have promoted? IPI provides this forum for parking organizations to post their RFPs at no charge. For more information, contact Henry Wallmeyer at 540.371.7535.


Industry Headlines - From IPI's Social Media
Did you know that IPI provides you an easy way to follow the latest news and trends in the parking and transportation industry? Just join us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. IPI staff frequently post information that is important to parking professionals. Here are just a few examples of the stories you may have missed:


Good @washingtonpost article on 'high-tech parking' - IPI Chairman Casey Jones quoted http://ow.ly/6Srjh


RFP posted by University of Texas at Austin for Software for Event Parking http://ow.ly/6PPGl


Central Parking Announces Appointment of a National Sales Team http://ow.ly/6OMMa


Cutting edge parking deck dedicated in Athens, GA http://ow.ly/6PlNC


Congrats to IPI member @IPSsmartmeter for the nice interview on @NPR - http://ow.ly/6QpfD


Story on Storefront Crashes on @NPR in Buffalo based on recent article in The Parking Professional http://ow.ly/6QO5R


New RFP Posted - For Multi-Space Parking Pay Stations in Plymouth, Mass. http://ow.ly/6STHr



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It's State and Regional Association Conference Season

The fall season is a great time of year for parking professionals as it is the time when a majority of state and regional parking association hold their annual conferences and shows. Eleven are scheduled during the last four months of the year. IPI staff and representatives look forward to attending these meetings because they are an invaluable resource for local parking professionals and they are also a great opportunity for IPI staff and representatives to interact with local leadership and members and learn a tremendous amount. IPI is happy to provide educational offerings at many of these meetings such as Parking Matters, IPI's Technology Committee's presentation of "Green Technologies for Parking," and an Industry Overview based on IPI's Emerging Trends ReportThese meetings are a wonderful opportunity for parking professionals of all levels to network and advance their profession, and the volunteer leaders who organize them show be commended for the quality of education and exhibitors they bring in.


For a list of upcoming state and regional conferences, visit IPI's online calendar or contact Henry Wallmeyer for more information about how IPI can assist your state and regional association.


IMC 2012 Changes Affect Parking Garage Exhaust Systems

Oct2011coverMonumental changes to the International Mechanical Code (IMC) relating to parking garage exhaust systems are evident with the release of IMC 2012, released earlier this year. Before we delve into these changes, we need to understand who develops the code and its importance to us. Once the proper perspective on the IMC authors is established, we need to look at local code adoption. Although the code is changing, your local authorities may not adopt it in the near future. In my evaluation of the Texas parking garage market, I found versions of the code dating back to the year 2000. Due to the wide array of mechanical codes nationally, I will illustrate the evolution of the code and its effect on parking garage design considerations. Finally, I will discuss changes set forth in IMC 2012 so we can embrace them and effectively incorporate them into our designs.

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


TELL ME HOW I CAN SAVE 50% off my advertising in The Parking Professional. Call us at 540.371.7535 ext. 111 or e-mail Bonnie Watts.  


Parking Matters: Washington Post This Week: "Companies Hit Throttle on Parking"

One good media success leads to another. This week the Washington Post published a feature article headlined: Companies Hit Throttle on High-Tech Parking in their Capital Business report. A very positive piece on parking technology focused on the District's contract with IPI member ParkMobile earlier this year, which included the installation of 17,000 meters and already has more than 100,000 account holders. Also quoted are IPI Chairman Casey Jones, CAPP, who provided industry-wide perspective and the important message that parking is about more than parking - it's also about mobility management. Read the article here.


The inspiration for the Washington Post article was likely the IPI's nationally distributed Parking Industry Responds to the "IBM Global Parking Survey" news release which you can read here. The news release includes a link to the original IBM news and survey in case you missed it. We hope this release provides language and talking points for you to use in conversations with non-parking professionals.


State of the States

Texas Parking and Transportation Association - Please be on the lookout for our next session and if you are interested in presenting or providing a location, please do not hesitate to let Dean Ahmad know as he will be overseeing the upcoming Roundtables and Networking Sessions, along with Kimberly Phelon who will continue her essential role in coordination of these events.


Save The Date for our 2012 TPTA Annual Conference which will be held March 28 - March 30, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in dynamic downtown Houston. For more information or to volunteer for the Houston Host Committee, please email Co-Chairs Eve Grubb or Liliana Rambo.


Please submit your presentation proposals for the educational portion of the TPTA conference.