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January 3, 2012 - Vol 4, Issue 1
In This Issue
IPI Partners with MAFSE, affiliated with AAA Mid-Atlantic
Nominations Open for Professional Recognition Awards
IPI Next Webinar: A Consultant's View of Parking Guidance Technologies
Attend the Facility Design, Rehabilitation & Maintenance Seminar
Flash Back to 1953
New RFPs Posted
The Golden Tickets Are Out There
Industry Headlines - From IPI's Social Media

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IPI Partners with MAFSE, affiliated with AAA Mid-Atlantic, to Launch Parking Education Programs for Drivers

MASFElogoParking-related crashes account for 20 percent of automobile insurance claims. Too often drivers learn the rules of the road, but little about the rules of parking. That will soon change thanks to a new partnership  between the International Parking Institute (IPI) and the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education (MAFSE), affiliated with AAA Mid-Atlantic, to collaborate on the development of parking education programs for drivers.  IPI's Parking MattersŪ and Safety and Security committees will jointly guide this exciting new initiative. Read the details of the partnership here


Nominations Open for Professional Recognition Awards

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 direct an entire operation or manage 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.). 

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.


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 state-of-the-art guidance technologies and their practicality to find available parking spaces as well as one's car after visiting the destination. It will cover their comparative disadvantages (including cost, accuracy, operation, and maintenance), and 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.  


Attend the Facility Design, Rehabilitation & Maintenance Seminar


Thursday & Friday, February 9 & 10, 2012, IPI will host the Facility Design, Rehabilitation & Maintenance two-day seminar at the Orlando World Center Marriott, 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 public and private parking. 


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 and trends and share ideas and experiences with you.  CAPP candidates earn 15 points towards  certification for attending.


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.


Flash Back to 1953

In celebration of the new year we thought it would be fun to share an old article from a 1953 issue of The Rotarian. The article, titled "Should Cities Go Into the Parking Business," demonstrates that parking has always been an important and hotly debated subject. Read the interesting arguments made on both sides of the debate from your 1953 peers here


Thanks to members Brett Munkel and Roamy Valera of Standard Parking for sharing this great find with everyone.


New RFPs Posted on IPI's RFP Portal

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



City of San Antonio
For: Airport Parking Revenue Control System


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

Transportation Research Board

For: Airport Parking Garage Lighting Solutions

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.


The Golden Tickets Are Out There

IPI Golden TicketIn celebration of IPI's 50th anniversary in 2012, we have inserted five Golden Tickets into random issues of the January issue of The Parking Professional. Each Golden Ticket provides the holder with one free registration to the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo in Phoenix, Ariz. So make sure to look in your most recent The Parking Professional 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:


Miami Parking Authority Gives People A Holiday Present via @NBCMiami http://ow.ly/85Nsg


Parking meters go high tech in Ottawa http://ow.ly/87GRj


4 New RFPs posted for airport parking operations http://ow.ly/87UJL


High-tech parking meters on way in Portland, Maine http://ow.ly/8djox



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