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April 10, 2012 - Vol 4, Issue 8
In This Issue
IPI Conference & Expo Only Two Months Away
Online ShopTalk - Managing Parking at Colleges and Universities
IPI in the New York Times
New Posts on the Parking Matters Blog
IPI Career HQ - Now More than Just a Job Board
The Parking Professional: Street Smarts
New ADA Guidelines for Parking
The Parking Professional Wins EXCEL Award
New RFPs Posted
Industry Headlines - From IPI's Social Media
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IPI Conference & Expo Only Two Months Away

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Register and Reserve your Hotel Room Now for the Best Rates!


Having just left March, it is hard to believe that we are exactly two months away from the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo June 10-13 in Phoenix, Ariz. And it's even harder to believe that there is only one month left to get discounted registration and hotel rates. In these challenging economic times and shrinking budgets, we know how important each and every dollar is to you and your organization. Make sure you take advantage of the lower cost by registering by May 10. Registration is simple and many different packages are offered to tailor your experience to your specific needs. Conference Registration.


Hotel rooms are filling up fast and once they are gone, you will not be able to get the IPI Conference rate of only $139 per night. Book now and save! Hotel Reservations.


And to help you convince your superiors why you need to attend and of the value of the IPI Conference & Expo, IPI provides a Justification Toolkit. It has everything to present your business case, including a letter template that you can simply fill out and drop off with your supervisor. Justification Toolkit

Online ShopTalk: Managing Parking at Colleges and Universities

Join IPI for our April Online ShopTalk: Managing Parking at Colleges and Universities on Tuesday, April 24 at 1 p.m EDT. April's virtual roundtable provides an opportunity for IPI members who work at academic institutions to share ideas and best practices on campus parking issues. Participants will be asked to share their experiences. Contact info of all participants will be sent to all registrants to allow for further offline networking.
Online ShopTalks are FREE but only for IPI members.


If you want to attend make sure to join IPI and recieve all the benefits.
IPI in the New York Times

In the last Insider, we mentioned an article that appeared in the March 25 New York Times regarding parking lots. It was written by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor of urban design Eran Ben-Joseph, PH.D. The professor wrote how unsightly and underutilized parking lots are, and provided examples and ideas to transform them into multi-use areas.   


After reading the article, IPI Executive Director Shawn Conrad, CAE, wrote a letter to the editor providing our input and thoughts on postive parking lot design. We are pleased to report the letter was published in the New York Times on April 2. In May you will read a feature by Dr. Ben-Joseph in The Parking Professional.  IPI is proud to proactively represent the parking industry and share our positive messages about parking. 

New Posts on the Parking Matters® Blog

PM blog logoThe Parking Matters® Blog is a new platform for parking and transportation professionals to share ideas, voice opinions, inspire, enlighten, educate, and inform. Visit the blog to see the latest posts, and subscribe to receive new posts in your inbox. See what you have been missing.


All Is Vanity ... Plates by Isaiah Mouw, CAPP
Training for the Unexpected by Cindy Campbell
IPI's Career HQ: Now More than Just a Job Board

IPI Career HQFor almost three years, IPI's Career HQ has been the best place for job seekers to search for parking jobs and post their resumes free to find their next career opportunities. However, we know that there is more to finding the perfect next job than just connecting employers and candidates. IPI is pleased to add new tools to benefit job seekers. 


Beginning today, IPI features new Career Resources for job seekers who will now get free access to a database of career-related articles and paid access to valuable services such as:


* Career Tips

* Professional Resume Writing

* Career Coaching

* Social Networking/Profile Development

* Reference Checking/Employment Verification


Working with certified career coaches and expert resume writers through new Career Resources is a cost-effective way for IPI members to enlist the support of trusted advisors. Whether you need it now or later, Career Resources is smart tool to assist you in your career advancement.


To see and take advantage of the Career Resources, visit www.parking.org/careerhq and click on the Resource tab.

New Job Postings



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Have a job to post? Reach thousands of parking professionals at www.parking.org/careers.


The Parking Professional: Street Smarts

aprilcoverTexas Tech launches a motion awareness program with great results


Students riding the bus to the Texas Tech campus felt and heard a thump after their vehicle stopped to pick up more passengers. Looking out the window, they saw a student sprawled on the ground with his backpack contents scattered and his cell phone in pieces on the sidewalk around him. The student had been texting and walking, and he walked right into the side of the bus. Rattled but O.K., he picked up his things and went on his way.


IPI Members can read this article and the rest of the March 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.

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 ADAimagethat 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     


The Parking Professional Wins EXCEL Award

IPI's monthly magazine, The Parking Professional, won a Gold Medal for its 2011 redesign in the 2012 EXCEL Awards, administered by Association Media & Publishing.  The EXCEL Awards honor the best publishing products of the association industry; more than 1,000 publications are entered into the competition every year to be judged by an expert panel of association and publishing professionals.


The Parking Professional was chosen as the Gold winner for best redesign of a publication with a circulation of less than 50,000 based on its excellence of design, originality, technical quality, and the degree to which the design enhances the accompanying editorial material.


IPI will be recognized for this accomplishment at the 32nd Annual EXCEL Gala on June 11 in Baltimore. 


The 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, the flagship magazine of Association Media & Publishing.

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.



Calgary Stampede

For: Parking Access and Revenue Control System


City of Great Falls, Mont.

For: Downtown Access, Circulation, Parking, and Streetscape Plan


City of Dallas

For: Financial Feasibility Study for Parking Revenue


Middlesex County College

For: Parking Lot Lighting Supplies

The Borough of State College

For: Unified Parking Management Solution

City of Seattle Department of Transportation

For: Pay by Phone Services

Pinellas County, Fla.

For: Professional Design Build Services - County Justice Center Parking Garage

Salem, Ore.

For: Marion Parkade Security Camera Upgrades

City and County of San Francisco Airport Commission

For: Carbon Monoxide (CO) Monitoring System Replacement in a Parking Garage

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

For: Parking Structure Expansion

Boise State University

For: License Plate Recognition System

Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority

For: Single Space Parking Meters


Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority

For: Multi-space Parking Meters

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport

For: Remote Parking Busing Operations

Metropolitan Council, St. Paul, Minn.

For: Transit-Oriented Development Strategic Action Plan

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:


Americans waste 1.9 billion gallons of gas a year in stalled traffic http://ow.ly/9Wb6P


Check out IPI members quoted in Mobile Apps Revolutionize Municipal Parking http://bit.ly/GVaM1j


Frank McCourt will receive no parking revenue from Dodgers Stadium via @sportingnews http://ow.ly/9Z7J8


Sen. Levin tries to legislate a parking place -via @DailyCaller http://ow.ly/9Z8m8

10 new RFPs posted for #parking products and services http://ow.ly/9Zfmu


IPI Letter to the Editor published in @nytimes discussing the value of parking professionals http://ow.ly/a1ntZ


Want To Expand A City? Make It Float http://ow.ly/a26Vp parking on the water?


Pay-by-phone options proposed for Camden parking meters http://ow.ly/a28dv


A Brief history of the Parking Meter via @AtlanticCities http://ow.ly/1JRsCX