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February 28, 2012 - Vol 4, Issue 5
In This Issue
Only 4 Days Left to get the Best Rates for 2012 IPI Conference & Expo
IPI's Free Online ShopTalk Today!
Member Benefit Corner: Free Social Media Guide
March The Parking Professional
IPI Next Webinar: Getting Social Media to Work for your Parking Facility
New RFPs Posted
Industry Headlines - From IPI's Social Media
New Job Postings
Industry Poll
State of the States
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Only 4 Days Left to get the Best Rates for the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo and Save $100

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Act now to save a bunch on attending the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo in Phoenix, Ariz., June 10 - 13. Take advantage of our early bird special and save $100 by registering by Friday, March 2, 2012. 


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.

IPI's Free Online ShopTalk Today!

Join us for the first Online ShopTalk: Ideas to Stretch Your Budget today 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 but only for IPI members.
Member Benefit Corner: Social Media Guide

SocialMediaGuideFinding the world of social media marketing a bit overwhelming? Help is here, just for parking professionals. IPI is pleased to present the Social Media Marketing Guide for Parking Professionals, a new step-by-step guide for parking professionals, available FREE to IPI Members This manual will help you use social media to communicate with your existing customers and find new ones. Read about cutting-edge methods you can use on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to help grow your business and improve customer satisfaction.

IPI Members can download their free copies from the Library Section of the IPI website. Non-members can purchase electronic copies for $199 by visiting 

Want to hear from a social media expert? Sign up for our upcoming webinar - Social Media: I've signed up for Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter. Now what?

March The Parking Professional: Your Security Blanket  

TPP March coverThe March issue of the award-winning The Parking Professional has been mailed and is jam-packed with great information to help keep your facilities, your customers, and your staff as safe as possible. From reminding people to simply lock their cars and take their belongings, to disaster planning, to basic information about terrorism prevention, we've tried to cover as many bases as possible from some of the top experts in safety and security.  


More Than Conventional Wisdom

Think installing lights is an adequate security move? Discover the better way to make and justify security choices to minimize liability.


Lancaster Parking Authority Lights the Way to Savings

How one parking authority invested in energy-efficient lighting with no cash outlay.


Being Prepared

Why disaster plans are vital for parking businesses.


Explosion Erosion

Planning ahead is critical to mitigating the potential of vehicle bombs.


Money in Your Pocket

Suddenly, taxes are interesting: how to cash in on the 179D deduction for energy-efficient lighting in parking structures.


Eyes Wide Open

How First Observer training helps parking professionals think differently about potential security threats.


Hide, Lock, Take

Fighting auto theft with awareness.

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


Getting Social Media to Work for your Parking Facility

IPI's Next Webinar: Social Media: "I've Signed up for Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Now what?"


Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 2:00 PM EST


So you've set up your social media accounts like you were told to do. Now they are just sitting there with very few fans, connections, or followers. What can you do to make these tools actually work for your parking facility?  How have others in the industry used social media to promote their professional efforts?  Participate in this webinar and find out!


Instructor: Ted Janusz, president, Janusz Presentations


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


*All registrants will be able to download Ted's book, Social Media Marketing Guide for the Parking Professional as part of their registration. 


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.



California Courts
For: Management of Parking Facilities

City of Stamford, Conn.
For: Parking Management


The Town of Dewey Beach, Del.

For: Parking Pay Stations, Meter Mechanisms, and Handheld Citation Devices


City of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

For: Multi-Space Parking Meters

City of Greenbelt, Md.
For: Energy Efficiency Lighting Upgrade Parking Lots & Pathways

Village of Glen Ellyn, Ill.
For: Downtown Streetscape Plan and Parking Study

City of Palo Alto, Calif.
For: Golf Course Parking Lot Lighting Upgrade

Town of Chapel Hill, N.C.
For: Pay-by-Phone Payment System for Metered and Lot Parking

City of New Rochelle, N.Y.
For: Test/Pilot Program for Credit/Debit Card-enabled Parking Meters

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


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:


Fontinalis Partners investing in QuickPay #mobile #parking technology company


10 jobs available 

Parking solutions for Marietta Square should include meters and a deck


'Chinatown ID restaurateurs say longer parking hours cut business' via @seattletimes


Update on #parking rates in Chinatown/International District of Seattle


For Older Drivers, Help With Parking via @nytimes


Parking tax? It's a global trend via @TorontoStar


Avoiding Gridlock With Smart Autos via @WSJ


New Job Postings
IPI Career HQ
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


Parking Enforcement Manager II - Los Angeles

Midwest Director of Business Development - Complus Data Innovations, Inc.

View more job listings 



Industry Poll 
As a service to our membership and the parking industry, IPI will conduct polls of the industry to answer questions possed to us by our members. These non-scientific polls will help parking professionals learn what their peers are doing in the areas of operating and managing parking facilities.

The first poll is:
"If you are a college, university, or hospital, do you base your employee parking fee structures on a salary-based/ability-to-pay scale or a location-based structure?"

To participate in this poll and see the results click here.

State of the States
Carolinas Parking Association
Register today for the Carolinas Parking Association 2012 Conferece & Vendor Show in Charleston, South Carolina. For more information and to register go to