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November 8, 2011 - Vol 3, Issue 23
In This Issue
The Parking Professional Wins Gold Medal
Rallying the Troops
Parking Matters in California
IPI CareerHQ
Now Accepting 2012 Awards of Excellence Entries
IPI Next Webinar: Show Me the Money!
New RFPs Posted
Industry Headlines - From IPI's Social Media

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The Parking Professional Wins Gold Medal in 2011 FOLIO:Awards

The Parking Professional took home a gold medal in the Best Redesign, Association/Non-Profit category in the 2011 FOLIO: Awards. The FOLIO: Awards are the magazine industry's largest contest celebrating editorial and design excellence. For more than 20 years, they have recognized work in all sectors of the industry, including business-to-business, consumer, association, regional, and custom media. The winners of the FOLIO: Awards were announced on November 2 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City and chosen from nearly 2,000 entries across more than 100 categories. 


Rallying the Troops

November TPP Cover

Many municipal parking divisions live with a dearth of old parking meters, decades past their useful life, on the verge of being out of service more often than operational. Right along with them are customers who complain about needing to carry change, or who come in angry after receiving a citation when they took a chance because they didn't have enough coins. It's time to upgrade! So the City of Tampa did. Our parking operations division installed 146 multi-space pay stations to serve more  than 1,000 parking spaces, representing approximately two-thirds of our on-street inventory. I won't bore you with the details of the effort it took to get to the upgrade, but in summary, it took more than two years, two RFPs, and a significant amount of hair loss by a certain parking executive (not me, of course). Despite the costs, we now look back at the effort as a success. How did we do it? How can you?


IPI Members can read this article and the rest of the November issue by accessing the online version of The Parking Professional.
To advertise in the award-winning The Parking Professional, contact Bonnie Watts at 540.371.7535. 

Parking Matters® to Municipalities such as Oakland, San Francisco, San Mateo, Walnut Creek, Union City, Vallejo, and Riverside...

Parking Matters logo RegisteredWhat if city officials appreciated the importance of parking--and parking professionals? Thanks to the second annual Parking Matters® breakfast seminar for non-parking professionals held in conjunction with CPPA's conference in Oakland last week, more do! Nearly 40 such officials were on hand for a program that covered topics ranging from technology and sustainability (presented by Brandy Stanley, CAPP and Thomas Wunk, CAPP), to closing the gap between paper regulations and real-life parking operations (Mott Smith), to parking politics, pitfalls, and progress (Robert Horch). Jointly hosting the event were CPPA President Marlene Cramer and IPI Board Member Wanda Brown. Hats off to our California members for advancing the parking profession at this event, and also at the California Downtown Association, where IPI Parking Matters® committee member Chad Lynn adapted an IPI presentation to help enlighten downtown officials about the critical role parking plays in a successful downtown. Coming soon...the first in a series of educational guides on parking for non-parking professionals, that will focus on local government officials and municipalities. Stay tuned!


State and Regional Parking Associations: Would you like to co-sponsor a Parking Matters® Breakfast Seminar for Non-parking Professionals with IPI in your region? Contact Helen Sullivan at sullivan@parking.org to learn about planning, fees, logistics, and more.

New Jobs Posted in IPI's Career HQ

IPI Career HQ

IPI's CareerHQ is the industry's leading online resource connecting employers with qualified parking industry professionals, and helping those professionals network with potential employers. CareerHQ is provided as a complimentary service to individuals looking for new career opportunities. Below are a few of the most recent jobs posted.

Director of Property Management - Hartford Parking Authority

Director, Transportation Services - Texas State University - San Marcos

Parking Valet Officer - Virginia Hospital Center

Parking Coordinator - Maricopa County

Sales Executive - Direct Payment Solutions, LLC 

View more job listings 


Have a job to post? Reach thousands of parking professionals at www.parking.org/careers


Accepting 2012 Awards of Excellence Entries! New Categories Added!

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.


Show Me the Money! Using Technology to Track Your Revenue from the Meter to the Bank

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IPI's Next Webinar


Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. EST


Instructor: Darlene Pfeiffer, CAPP, M.P.A., financial administrator, City of Fort Lauderdale Department of Transportation and Mobility


Participants in this webinar will learn how to use current technologies to track their parking, permit and citation revenue, ensuring it can be accounted for from the customer's hand to the bank. We'll look at internal controls, possible points of "leakage," and some best practices to minimize opportunities for fraud, theft, and error. Every dollar counts in today's tight squeeze for revenue.


The webinar will answer these questions:

  • What are internal controls and why do I need them?
  • What are some examples of internal controls?  Are they painful?
  • I trust my staff, why should I bother with this?
  • I'm not a tech geek and have a limited budget...what technologies do I already have that can help me track my revenue without needing an IT degree?
  • How can this make my operation more efficient and effective?

This webinar is useful for parking-related field operations, management, and accounting staff of municipalities, universities, and private operators. 

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



New RFPs Posted on IPI's RFP Portal

Email HeaderThese and other open parking RFPs are available at the IPI RFP Portal. Access to complete RFP details is a benefit of IPI membership.


City of Berkely, Calif.
For: Marketing, Public Relations, and Employer-based Parking and Transportation Demand Management Outreach

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
For: Parking Access/Revenue Control System

University of Houston
For: Parking Lot Maintenance

City of Great Falls, Mont.
For: Capital Needs Assessment - As Amended 11/3/11

Tulsa Parking Authority
For: RFI to Provide Information Pertaining to Metered Parking and Its Impact on Its Off-Street Garages

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
For: Parking Garage Enhanced Lighting Efficiency

City of Manitou Springs, Colo.
For: Parking Management Consultants

Santa Cruz, Calif.
For: Design Services for Installation of PARC System

City and County of San Francisco
For: Management and Operations of Public and Employee Parking at San Francisco International Airport

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 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 regularly post information that is important to parking professionals. Here are just a few examples of the stories you may have missed:


RFP posted by Public Parking Authority of Pittsburgh for On-Street #Parking Meter Technology Upgrades http://ow.ly/7e6RW 


Plan to establish residential #parking permits in the Big Apple from @NewYorkPost http://ow.ly/7fFUP


'It's the Parking, Stupid: One Transportation Consultant's Tough Love Approach' http://ow.ly/7i8l4


New RFP posted by @wmata for #Parking Garage Enhanced Lighting Efficiency http://ow.ly/7iZvx


How and Why #Parking Matters -recent article in IPI's award winning magazine http://ow.ly/7ldwv


Too much parking, too few residents http://ow.ly/7lDKz -interesting article


IPI member @digitalpaytech Helps Revitalize Downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa, With New Parking Meters http://ow.ly/79VRH



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