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January 31, 2012 - Vol 4, Issue 3
In This Issue
Announcing IPI's Free Online ShopTalks for Members Only
Be A Leader - Join the IPI Board of Directors
IPI Conference & Expo Education Sessions Revealed
Deadline for Professional Recognition Awards is February 15
IPI Board Member Appointed to TRB Panel
February The Parking Professional Focuses on the Latest in Technology
IPI Next Webinar: Its APPlicable to You
New RFPs Posted
Industry Headlines - From IPI's Social Media
Deadline to Advertise in the Buyers Guide Extended
State of the States
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Principal Auditor - City of Beverley Hills

Director, University of New Mexico Parking & Transportation Services

Aviation Public Parking Manger - City of Denver, DIA

Business Analyst - T2 Systems, Inc.

Assistant Director of Administration - IUPUI

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Announcing IPI's Free Online ShopTalks for Members Only

You spoke and we listened! Starting in February, IPI will host monthly Online ShopTalks exclusively for Members. These free roundtable discussions will focus on topics submitted by members and allow for the sharing of best practices, new ideas, and networking with other parking professionals interested in similar issues. 
Registration is now open for the first Online ShopTalk: Ideas to Stretch Your Budget on Tuesday, Febrauary 28, at 1:00 p.m. EST. This inaugural virtual roundtable will provide an opportunity for IPI members to discuss how peers are dealing with smaller budgets and more responsibilities through partnerships, collaborations, and other means. Participants are encouraged to bring their problems and solutions.
Be A Leader - Join the IPI Board of Directors

The IPI Board of Directors is organized to represent all sectors of the industry with open elections by the membership. Find out what seats are open and apply today. Two-year terms begin June 2012. Applications are due by Wednesday, February 8, 2012. For more information and details, contact Lauri Chudoba at 540.371.7535.

Download 2012 Board of Directors Application Form


IPI Conference & Expo Education Sessions Revealed

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One of the foremost benefits of attending the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo, June 10 -13 in Phoenix,  is the conference educational programming. The IPI Conference Program Committee has created a program that brings you intriguing, timely, useful information from the most engaging, knowledgeable and inspirational speakers in the industry. IPI is pleased to present an education schedule in track format by presenters who will share their expertise and real-world experiences that are sure to increase the professional levels of the attendees.



Best Practices 1 & 2


Sustainability/Organizational Improvement



See the full track schedule of education sessions.


Register for the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo and benefit from the education.

Limited exhibit space still available.


Deadline for Professional Recognition Awards is February 15

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. Download the official entry packet, along with the names of past honorees.

Questions?  Please contact Lauri Chudoba at 540.371.7535.


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IPI Board Member Appointed to TRB Panel

Congratulations to IPI Board Member Rick Decker, assistant manager, parking operations at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on his recent selection to the serve on the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Panel on "Repairing and Maintaining Airport Parking Structures While in Use." The panel will synthesize existing information on the topic for publication. 


The Parking Professional Focuses on the Latest in Technology

The February issue of the award-winning The Parking Professional has been mailed and provides valuable information on technology and parking, the many steps to sustainability, Parking Matters, and these feature stories. Feb 2012 cover


App Nation

A primer on parking app development and use from IPI's Technology Committee.


Predictive Parking

Pittsburgh introduces a parking app that accurately predicts future space availability.


From the Far Horizon

A review of the Skymeter smart meter.


Permits? What Permits?

The University of Maryland adopts LPR technology for parking.



New lighting technology saves energy and provides additional benefits in a multi-use garage.


Doing it Right

Tacoma, Wash., introduces paid on-street parking to rave reviews.

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


IPI's Next Webinar - Its APPlicable to You

IPI's Next Webinar: Mobile Apps...How do They Apply and is the Time Right for You? - Parking and the Mobile App Convergence


Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. EST


There's an app for this and an app for that! But if you are like most people, getting your Facebook page started is a challenge, as is understanding how to apply all of the available technology to your parking and transportation operations. This webinar, created by IPI's Technology Committee, will provide you information on the various technologies that can improve your operations, help market your facilities, and provide useful services to your customers.

The webinar will specifically discuss the different type of mobile phone apps, and how each might fit with your operating goals, and target customers, helping you determine which type of app you should develop or use in your operation. It will also review the value of data generated from your facility and how data is used by various mobile apps.


Instructors: Mike Drow, CAPP, senior vice president, technology integration, Standard Parking Corporation & Amie Devero, president, Solutions 4 Cities


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


For more information and to register.   


New RFPs Posted on IPI's RFP Portal

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These are the latest parking RFPs available at the IPI RFP Portal. Access to complete RFP details is a benefit of IPI membership.



TX AgriLife Research
For: BMP Study Area Parking and Detention Pond


Washington County, Wisc.
For: Parking Lot Light Fixture Retrofit Project


City of Sparks, Nevada
For: Parking Garage Lighting Retrofit


Hudson Valley Community College
For: Parking Decals and Hang Tags


Sugar Land, Texas, Regional Airport
For: Terminal Building Parking Lot Expansion


Georgia Building Authority
For: Pay In Lane Equipment Purchase


View all current RFPs

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:


Sleek, Chic Hangout...a Garage - Wall Street Journal article on architecture and parking garages http://ow.ly/8zhJY


Let the Robot Drive: The Autonomous Car of the Future Is Here - interesting article by Wired Magazine http://ow.ly/8CSEu


Job posted for Aviation Public Parking Manager (Administrator I) in Denver http://ow.ly/8DpkY


How Can Main Street Parking Improve? http://ow.ly/8Dxr0 -Manayunk studies the issue


Comic book hero tackles issue of Transportation Demand Management http://ow.ly/8F1tJ -his greatest foe?


Why Shouldn't A Parking Garage Be A Graphic Funhouse? by Fast Company -What do you think? http://ow.ly/8Ghvo


How a Parking Garage Stymied Hollywood's Super Agent by Wall Street Journal http://ow.ly/8IFnT -Maybe the next blockbuster movie?


Spectacular photos:"They live in a parking lot" Inside 1111 Lincoln Rd- Vanity Fair article & slides: http://vnty.fr/w3zLLe


Women are better at parking than men, study suggests - By UK Telegraph News http://ow.ly/8LAye - What do you think?


Deadline to Advertise in the Buyers Guide & Consultants Directory Extended to February
BuyersGuideCoverThe deadline for advertising in IPI's Buyers Guide & Consultants Directory extended to 2/7/2012. Place your company in IPI's 2012 Parking Buyers Guide & Consultants Directory, the premier resource for parking & transportation professionals.  Over 130 pages of the industry's top companies, products and services targeted to your audience.


Don't be left out of this publication used by thousands of decision-makers; it's the go-to reference guide that parking & transportation officials turn to first.


Your print advertising includes a basic listing in the electronic version on IPI's website at www.parking.org/ips, with additional online exposure available. Contact Jean Miller at 540.371.7535, x120 for special advertising offers available.  


State of the States
Florida Parking Association

Florida Parking Association raised the bar once more at their 32nd Annual Conference & Tradeshow in Sanibel Island. The highest attendance, the most exhibitors, and increased sponsorship revenue, plus two days of presentations by experts at all levels of parking, contributed to the 2011 FPA Annual Conference being hailed as the best yet! See the list of elected officers and award winners.


New England Parking Council

Join us March 28 and 29 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts for the New England Parking Council's 21st Annual Parking and Transportation Conference! One hundred eighty of you attended last year and were so happy with the venue that we're back at the Sonesta again - and we expect to top 200! Vendors: space is limited and we sold out last year! Get more information and register today!