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December 20, 2011 - Vol 3, Issue 26
In This Issue
Season's Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year
Focusing on the Front Line Employees
January The Parking Professional Celebrates 50 years of IPI
Facility Design, Rehabilitation & Maintenance Seminar
IPI Next Webinar: A Consultant's View of Parking Guidance Technologies
Last Chance for 2012 Awards of Excellence Nominations
Nominate Your Employee's Great Work
New RFPs Posted
Will You Be the Lucky Winner?
Industry Headlines - From IPI's Social Media
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Season's Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year

As the year winds down and we enter 2012, we'd like to thank you for your support! We look forward to continuing to help you and your organization be successful, and we hope next year is filled with new opportunities and achievements.

May your holiday season and new year be filled with meaning, peace, and joy!

From all of us at IPI, Happy Holidays!


Focusing on the Front Line Employees - Florida Parking Association's Carol Easterling Award

Earlier this month, the Florida Parking Association (FPA) held their 32nd Annual Conference and tradeshow in sunny Fort Myers. This year, the FPA Board of Directors wanted to shine a bright light on the efforts of our front line employees. To this end, we revamped the Carol Easterling Award, which is named after a longtime FPA Board Member who was an advocate for the inclusion of those front line employees in FPA annual conferences. Out of seven top-notch nominations received by the FPA board, three regional winners were chosen to represent the South, Central, and Northern regions of the state:

  • David Brown, Miami Parking Authority - Metershop Supervisor (Southern Region)
  • Jacqueline Sablain, University of Central Florida - Head Clerk (Central Region)
  • Anthony Wicks, University of Florida - Impound Clerk/Dispatcher (Northern Region)

The regional winners received complimentary registrations and hotel accommodations to the FPA conference, and were provided with a digital HD cameras to create a "day in the life" video that was shown at the conference. These short videos gave us a glimpse of their daily routine and showcased their organizations. FPA's goal of shining a bright light on the efforts of our front line employees, who are arguably the most important assets in any of our organizations, was met.


The grand prize winner, Jacqueline Sablain, University of Central Florida, received complimentary registration to the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo in Phoenix, along with hotel accommodations. Jacqueline was chosen from the regional winners for her enthusiasm and willingness to help her co-workers. She will represent all front line employees from the Florida Region in 2012!  You can see Jacqueline's winning video on the IPI YouTube page

A Day in the Life of a Front Line Parking Professional
A Day in the Life of a Front Line Parking Professional


January The Parking Professional Celebrates 50 Years of IPI Advancing the Parking Profession

Jan2012CoverThe January issue of the award-winning The Parking Professional is being mailed and celebrates IPI turning 50 in 2012 by looking at the history of the association and its future. As part of the celebration, five "Golden Tickets" have been placed in five random issues of the magazine and those lucky readers will receive one free registration each to attend the world's largest meeting of parking professionals-the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo. Be sure to look for your ticket and to read all the valuable information on how the parking industry needs to lead by example and these feature stories.


The Founding of IPI - Fifty years of IPI history, from the adoption of the automobile to now.

Then and Now
- Two IPI's founders look back at the group's inception, and ahead to its future.

In 50 Years
- Parking professionals predict the future.

Recognizing Advances
What tolling technology means for parking.

Alexandria, Va., parking professionals fight back against a perception of not enough parking.

Airport Parking Takes Off
- Vancouver International Airport's parking structure undergoes a wayfinding makeover.


To advertise in the award-winning The Parking Professional, contact Bonnie Watts at 540.371.7535. 

Facility Design, Rehabilitation & Maintenance Seminar - Orlando, Florida


Thursday & Friday, February 9 & 10, 2012 IPI will be hosting the Facility Design, Rehabilitation & Maintenance two-day seminar at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida.  This seminar is designed specifically for parking professionals with an interest in the design and maintenance functions of garage operations and includes information for municipal and institutional parking administrators, commercial operators, engineers, consultants, transportation planners, garage owners and others affiliated with parking, both public and private. 


The seminar is open to all those interested in protecting and maintaining parking facility assets. Topics presented cover areas important to your operations in terms of specialized design and engineering issues.  Other professionals will be on-hand to discuss their operations, trends and share ideas and experiences with you.  CAPP candidates attending earn 15 points towards  certification.


For more information and to register for the seminar contact Lauri Chudoba at 540.371.7535. Hotel reservations can be made by calling 1.800.228.9290 or 1.800.621.0638 or online no later than January 18, 2012.  The rate is $169 per night single/double.  Be sure to mention the IPI Winter Board/CAPP meeting to receive the guaranteed room rate.


A Consultant's View of Parking Guidance Technologies 

IPI's Next Webinar


Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. EST


Instructor: Mary S. Smith, Senior Vice President, Walker Parking Consultants

This webinar will address the state of the art guidance technologies and their practicality to find available parking spaces as well as your car after visiting the destination. It will cover the comparative disadvantages (including cost, accuracy, operation and maintenance), as well as the advantages touted by the manufacturers. Technologies discussed will include methods of counting occupancy, space availability displays, cell-phone and GPS based systems, and perhaps some we didn't even know about when this description was written!  


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


For more information and to register.  

Last Chance for 2012 Awards of Excellence Nominations

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 December 31, 2011. Get all the details and the Official Entry Form.


Please contact Lauri Chudoba or call 540.371.7535 for more information.


Nominate Your Employee's Great Work

Now is the time to recognize people and organizations that have made exemplary contributions to parking professionalism this year. Submit nominations for the 2012 Professional Recognition Program awards. Honorees will be named in the following categories: 

  • Parking Professional of the Year (for management/supervisory staff who directs an entire operation or manages multiple units within a department)
  • Parking Supervisor of the Year (supervises one or more employees within a department responsible for only one unit within the department)
  • Parking Staff Member of the Year (for front-line staff)
  • Parking Organization of the Year (for public or private organizations, departments, consultants, suppliers, commercial operators, etc.) 

Please note the application was recently revised. There is no fee to enter. The deadline for submitting nominations is February 15, 2012 and the official entry packet, along with the names of past honorees, can be found at www.parking.org/prp.

Questions?  Please contact Lauri Chudoba at 540.371.7535.


New RFPs Posted on IPI's RFP Portal

Email HeaderThese and 6 other open parking RFPs are available at the IPI RFP Portal. Access to complete RFP details is a benefit of IPI membership.


Port of Oakland
For: Four Separate Operations at Oakland International Airport

University of Massachusetts Amherst

For: Parking Permits

Transportation Research Board

For: Airport Parking Garage Lighting Solutions

County of Maui, Hawaii

For: 3-Wheeled Parking Enforcement Vehicles

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.


Will You Be the Lucky Winner?

golden ticket2In celebration of IPI's upcoming 50th anniversary in 2012, we are going to surprise a few very lucky people! In January, five random issues of The Parking Professional will contain Golden Tickets. Each Golden Ticket will provide the holder with one free registration to the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo in Phoenix, Ariz. So make sure to look for The Parking Professional in January and read it cover to cover for your chance to find one of the Golden Tickets!   


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:


Report: Metro parking lot cameras don't deter crime http://ow.ly/7ScTA

@VanessaKRogers: New process *significantly* reduces credit/debit processing times 4 parking pay stations http://tinyurl.com/6ueladz


Chicago Parking Investor Deploys $700,000 to Modernize Super Park Garage at Hobby Airport http://ow.ly/7UBQR

Great job! RT @seattledot: Nice work, Parking Enforcement! RT @SeattlePD PEO assists in locating missing woman near zoo


Congratulations to IPI member @Rentalite on winning the 2011 Young Technology audience award


Prices affect parking less than San Francisco expected http://ow.ly/80yNl 



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