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March 27, 2012 - Vol 4, Issue 7
In This Issue
Parking Matters in the News
Safety & Security Online ShopTalk
IPI Has an Election Too!
Green Exhibitor Recognition Program
New Job Postings
Nothing General about these Sessions at the IPI Conference & Expo
April The Parking Professional: The College Issue
New ADA Guidelines for Parking
Answers to Questions from IPI's Social Media Webinar
New RFPs Posted
Industry Headlines - From IPI's Social Media
Congratulations CAPP Graduates
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Parking Matters® and IPI in the News
Parking Matters logo RegisteredAnother Parking Matters® program success:  "Mobile Apps Revolutionize Municipal Parking" is an online feature of the AOL Government website this week. It includes quotes from IPI Chair Casey Jones, CAPP, director of parking and transportation, Boise State University and IPI members Dan Mitchell, senior transportation engineer for Los Angeles, Soumya Dey, deputy associate director of the D.C. Department of Transportation; Brandy Stanley, parking service manager of the City of Las Vegas; and Mike Drow, CAPP, senior vice president of technology integration at Standard Parking. It also includeds a video featuring Streetline, Inc. Read and see it here. 


Also media related: Yesterday, an op-ed in the New York Times was all about parking. When a Parking Lot is So Much More by Eran Ben-Joseph, PH.D., professor of landscape architecture and urban planning at The Massachuesetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The pull-out quote in the piece was, "It's not just a place for cars. It can be a pretty, vibrant space." See IPI Executive Director Shawn Conrad's blog post for a link to the article and a copy of the letter to the editor that IPI sent as follow-up to thank Dr. Ben-Joseph for increasing visibility for the importance of parking. It also explained that if the expertise of parking professionals was used earlier in the planning process, everyone would benefit.


Safety & Security Online ShopTalk

Join us for the our March Online ShopTalk: Ideas on Handling Parking Safety and Security on Thursday, March 29 at 1 p.m. EDT. This virtual roundtable will provide an opportunity for IPI members to discuss how their peers are working to address common safety and security issues in their lots and garages. Safety and security are important issues that face all parking operations and affect everything from the bottom line to customer service. The format will be an open discussion and all registrants will be asked to participate by sharing their problems and solutions.
Online ShopTalks are FREE but only for IPI members.
IPI Has an Election Too!

This year, IPI is very proud to announce that 18 outstanding nominees are on the slate for the 2012 Board of Directors election. One of the indicators of a healthy and active association is to have exceptional people willing to volunteer their time to advance the industry. Upon review of the candidates running for the Board, it's clear that IPI is a dynamically healthy association! See the full slate of candidates here.


All eligible voting members should have recieved instructions to submit their vote. Please contact Lauri Chudoba at 540.371.7535 with any questions about the IPI election process.


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Green Exhibitor Recognition Program at IPI Expo

green decalThe International Parking Institute is once again highlighting its Green Exhibitor Recognition Program at the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo. This program recognizes companies whose products or services successfully minimize negative effects on the environment, which helps parking facilities become more sustainable. 


As sustainability takes root in more communities, more and more customers will seek out green lots and garages. College and university students already demand that their campuses offer more sustainable transit and parking options, and that trend is only expected to grow. Parking facility owners and managers will need to address their environmental practices, and the companies being recognized through this program are instrumental in those efforts.


If you would like for your company to be recognized on the Expo floor and on the floor plan map in the Official Program Guide as a company with GREEN/SUSTAINABLE Products and Services, complete the Sustainability Scorecard and submit to IPI.  Entries must be received by April 30, 2012.


IPI's Expo Committee will determine which companies qualify as green exhibitors based on each of their scorecard responses.  Companies will be notified whether they have been selected or not, and those awarded will be spotlighted at their booth locations and in the program guide.


For more information about the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo. 


New Job Postings
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Nothing General about these Sessions at the IPI Conference & Expo

Conference logo 2012 Correct datesWhile classified as General Sessions, these two sessions will provide you with industry-specific information that you can take home with you and implement right away to improve your operations.

Tuesday, June 12    

The Future of Parking in Cities

Dr. George Hazel, chairman, MRC McLean Hazel


Dr. Hazel will explain global trends and how they will affect on parking in the future in cities. These trends show that socio-economic, technological, environmental, and retailing developments will require parking providers and operators to move from a traditional operational model to one based on retailing principles. This spans geography and culture. The potential implications of these effects are greatly reduced operating costs and the potential for significant new revenue streams. Parking operators also have the opportunity to move from being parking management companies to mobility management companies with even more business potential. Dr. Hazel will illustrate these concepts with best practice examples from around the world.


Wednesday, June 13    

Media Training Crash Course:  How to Maximize Media Opportunities & Speak Parking Matters®

Nick Calderone, Owner, Reel Stories

Sean McLaughlin, Anchor, CBS 5 News


Don't let the opportunity to get your message across get lost in a ball of nerves and discomfort!  Put the media to work for you by learning how to comfortably speak in any television, radio, or print interview. This interactive session will provide you with some simple techniques to help you stay on message and speak with confidence.  Be a media master not a media disaster and learn how to effectively communicate that Parking Matters®.


For more information on these General Sessions and all the educational opportunities at the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo, visit Conference Education.


Register now to benefit from the education, get the best rate, and secure your hotel room before it sells out. And if you need to convince your supervisor why you should attend, be sure to use our Justification Toolkit.


April The Parking Professional: The College Issue

The April issue of the award-winning The Parking Professional has been mailed and explores, among other things, how college and universities across the country have established thriving bike programs, built certified green garages, and developed parking departments that concern themselves with safety that goes far above and beyond writing tickets.


aprilcoverShooting for Three

How a university, a neighborhood, and a city balanced the triple bottom line.


Balancing Funding

For parking and transit at UNC Chapel Hill.


Preventative Parking

Seattle Children's uses parking data to proactively push TDM.


Ten-Hut! Present Vehicles!

Operation Safedrive vehicle inspections benefit everyone at the University of Georgia.


Slaying the Mythical Dragon

Duke University proves that green parking garages are more than fairy tales.


Street Smarts

Texas Tech launches a motion awareness program with great results.

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

New ADA Guidelines for Parking

IPI's Next Webinar: Parking ADA Self Audit


Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. EDT


Thinking of restriping your lot/structure? It's about to get more complicated. New ADA guidelines took effect March 15, 2012 that removed safe harbor clauses of the original 1991 law. That means lots that are striped after March 15 must meet the latest requirements for van accessible space ratios, and "readily achievable" architectural barriers between parking areas and business must be removed. Are you ready for these changes? Join us on this webinar to learn the most common parking ADA mistakes, what items must be fixed to comply with the new guidelines, and how to use a checklist to easily audit your facility and create a realistic plan.


Instructor: Michelle Wendler, AIA, principal, Watry Design, Inc.


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


For more information and to register     


Answers to Questions from IPI's Social Media Webinar

On March 22, Ted Janusz, president, Janus Presentations, educated participants on social media in his webinar "I've Signed up for Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Now what? - Social Networking Demystified." Here is a sample from the Q&A segment.


People have outspoken opinions about parking. How can we censor the negative feedback posted publicly on Facebook and Twitter?


On your Facebook page, hover your cursor in the area of the upper right corner of the comment.  A down arrow will appear.  Click on the down arrow and a menu of options regarding the comment will become available.  Select the appropriate action.


You can't delete other people's tweets on Twitter. You can, however, block people by clicking on their name in the tweet and then, in the resulting pop-up window, clicking on the silhouette icon.  From the dropdown menu, choose the "block" option. This person will no longer be allowed on your Twitter page or to tweet you.


IPI members can read the full Q&A Transcript and the archived version of the webinar can be viewed here.


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.



Wicomico County, Md. 

For: Design Plan for Airport Parking Lot


Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
For: Parking Garage Concession


City of Phoenix
For: Implement City of Phoenix Parking Solution (Phase I)


City of Rockford, Ill.

For: Parking Management Services


Park City, Utah Municipal Corporation
For: Transit Hub & Parking Garage - Conceptual Scope & Location


Miami Science Museum
For: Parking Consulting Services


City of Billings, Mont.

For: Project Management Services for the Empire Parking Garage & Multi-Use Structure


St. Cloud Housing and Redevelopment Authority

For: Parking Lot Maintenance Services

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, FacebookLinkedIn and the Parking Matters Blog. IPI staff regularly post information that is important to parking professionals. Here are just a few examples of the stories you may have missed:


Program Aims to Make Streets of San Fran Easier to Park On via NY Times


Wilmington council considers electric car charging stations in #parking deck (video)


Worst Parking Spot Ever (Video) -Funny commercial...wait for it.


Three Ways to Change the Game - New blog post


5 New Parking RFPs posted!


When a Parking Lot Is So Much More via NY Times -author Dr. Ben-Joseph will be featured in The Parking Professional in May


Eight Questions About Security - New Parking Matters blog post


Congratulations Recent CAPP Graduates
IPI is happy to announce the latest CAPP graduates. We look forward to recognizing their accomplishment in front of their peers at the CAPP graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 10 at the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo in Phoenix, Ariz.
Alex Argudin, CAPP - Miami Parking Authority
Jim Corbett, CAPP - City of Tampa Parking Division
Steve Hernandez, CAPP - QuickPay Corporation
JC Porter, CAPP - Boise State University
Hal King, CAPP - Springfield Parking Authority
Isaiah Mouw, CAPP - Republic Parking System
Dan Provost, CAPP - Walker Parking Consultants
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