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February 14, 2012 - Vol 4, Issue 4
In This Issue
Happy Valentine's Day!
Register for IPI's Free Online ShopTalk
Get the best Rates for 2012 IPI Conference & Expo
Last Day to Submit for Professional Recognition Awards
IPI Board: Moving Forward on Industry Initiatives
Parking is a lot like Breathing
Permits? What Permits?
IPI Next Webinar: Its APPlicable to You
New RFPs Posted
Industry Headlines - From IPI's Social Media
Eight New Job Postings
State of the States
Fall in Love with Parking Garages
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Happy Valentine's Day!

IPI Love BugIn honor of Valentine's Day, tell us what you love about being part of the parking profession. Keep it short and simple, or pour your heart out. Today is a day for love!


Everyone who provides their email address will also be entered in IPI's Valentine's Day drawing to receive a free gift voucher toward an IPI e-learning webinar of their choice.


Click here to share the love!


Register for IPI's Free Online ShopTalk

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 share their problems and solutions.
Online ShopTalks are FREE and only for IPI members.
Get the Best Rates for the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo - Register by March 2

Conference logo 2012 Correct dates

There's no point denying it; times are tough. IPI has called in favors and pulled strings to make it easier and cheaper for you to attend the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo in Phoenix, Ariz., June 10 - 13.


Take advantage of our early bird specials and save $100 by registering by March 2, 2012.  In addition, we have hotels with fees as low as $139 a night (good through May 16, 2012), and negotiated ground transportation discounts for as little as $34 roundtrip to/from the hotels.   Reserve early to save today and reap valuable results throughout the year.


Multiple registration packages are available to fit you and your organization best. We also offer continual online access with My Planner, electronic badge previews, online hotel reservations...everything to ensure your registration is accurate and up-to-date and that your experience is exceptional. Register Today!


Need help justifying this to your supervisor?  Visit our Justification Toolkit.

Last Day to Submit 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. Download the official entry packet, along with the names of past honorees.

Questions?  Please contact Lauri Chudoba at 540.371.7535.

IPI Board: Moving Forward on Industry Initiatives

IPI Chair Casey Jones, CAPP, and the association's Board of Directors met last week in Orlando, Fla. The Board focused their attention on projects such as Parking Matters and its efforts to educate leaders in cities and towns across North America about the important role parking has in creating thriving downtowns. Discussions also centered around new professional development initiatives that will assist parking professionals in advancing their career opportunities, special events planned for service and equipment suppliers, industry awards and recognition programs, transportation related research, and preparation for the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo in Phoenix, Ariz., June 10-13.

Held at the same time were meetings of the Professional Development Task Force and the Professional Certification Committee (CAPP), and the two-day seminar, Parking Facility Design, Rehabilitation, and Maintenance.

The next CAPP-sponsored course will be held June 9 - 13 in Phoenix, and will focus on Parking Management Concepts and Practices.  


Parking is a Lot Like Breathing

Sig Article CoverThe behind-the-scenes story of the redesign of the award-winning The Parking Professional was prominently featured in the Jan/Feb issue of Signature magazine. Signature is the flagship magazine of Association Media & Publishing and pursues issues that are critical to the association industry, providing a first point of reference for best practices, reports, and applications.

Click here to read the article and see how IPI's new design team came to realize and incorporate into each issue, "Parking is a lot like breathing. It's an everyday part of your life that you don't think much about until you can't do it." 

Permits? What Permits? 

Feb 2012 coverNearly 25,000 daily parkers use lots and count on the Department of Transportation to provide an accurately enforced and cost-effective approach to parking at the University of Maryland, College Park. Decades ago, the backbone of that system was bumper stickers indicating lot assignment, and while extremely cost effective, it was significantly unfriendly to customers. The desire for portability moved the department to rearview mirror hangtags, which provided immeasurable customer convenience, but created loopholes that were challenging to overcome. When coupled with a desire to reduce the annual cost of the permit order (approximately $80,000) it was imperative that we figure out a new and better way to regulate parking for our customers.
IPI Members can read this article and the rest of the February 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.  

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, and 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

RFP crop

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



State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
For: Construction and Operation of a Parking Garage Facility


University of Texas at San Antonio 
For: Parking Management Services


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:


Make Your Parking Structure Shine by @BuildingsMedia -Quotes by IPI members THP Limited and Desman Assoc.


Kingsport looking to 'glam up' downtown parking garage


IPI's Sustainability Framework moves the parking industry forward


A Ferrari 458 Italia Can Spice Up Any Parking Garage -What cool cars have you spotted parking nearby?


Council narrowly rejects placing parking lease plan on ballot -Even NBA decisions might be influenced by parking


Fold-Up Electric Car Coming to a City Near You


Parking Enforcement in Pakistan (video) -Extreme measures to enforce parking


Fashion show in #parking garage at NY Fashion Week (video)


Bike-sharing boom in W.Post: pros-cons-stats


Eight New Job Postings
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Have a job to post? Reach thousands of parking professionals at Looking for a job in the parking industry? View our latest listings.

Parking Business Development Representative - Seven One Seven Parking Services, Inc.

Manager II, Chief, Division of Parking Management - Montgomery County Division of Parking

Parking Manager - Loyola Marymount University

Parking Manager - Towson University

Transportation Manager - Towson University

Operations Manager - Park N' Fly

New Business Development Manager - Western Region - T2 Systems, Inc.

Parking Enforcement Manager - City of Berkeley

View more job listings 



State of the States
Texas Parking and Transportation Association

Now accepting applications for open board position. If you are interested in serving on the board and can commit to attending quarterly meetings in various cities throughout Texas, as well as supporting and attending the conference held each spring, please email a letter outlining your qualifications, along with your name, your contact information and your membership category as defined in TPTA By-Laws, Article VII, Section 1 to Eve Grubb.


The By-laws are available to review on the TPTA website under the "Information" tab. If you have any questions, please contact Eve or any board member. Please include "TPTA Board" in the subject line of the email. Deadline for applications is March 1, 2012.


Also, register today for the TPTA 2012 Annual Conference and Tradeshow which will be held March 28 - March 30, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in dynamic downtown Houston. Click here to read about all the activities going on at TPTA.



Fall in Love with Parking Garages - Through the Eyes of Second Graders

We had to share this light-hearted and heartening article from the New York Times that focuses on a second grade class field trip to a municipal parking garage.