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May 8, 2012 - Vol 4, Issue 10
In This Issue
Breaking News: IPI Suppliers Council Established
IPI Emerging Trends in Parking Survey
EPA Energy Star National Building Competition
Events Make the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo Special
New IPI/ACI-NA Report Highlights Importance of Parking to Airports
IPI's Next Webinar: Green Parking Isn't an Oxymoron
New Posts on the Parking Matters® Blog
Online ShopTalk: Ideas For Transportation Demand Management
New Jobs Posted
The Parking Professional: Community Central
New RFPs Posted
Industry Headlines - From IPI's Social Media
State of the States
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Breaking News: IPI Suppliers Council Established

The IPI Board of Directors unanimously approved the establishment of the IPI Suppliers Council after the first IPI Suppliers Summit held in Chicago on April 24.  Attending the Summit were nearly 30 executives representing companies that manufacture and distribute equipment, software, and products and services throughout the parking industry. Robust discussions focused on collaborative ways to move the industry forward and grow the marketplace through such education and awareness initiatives as IPI's Parking Matters® program, international outreach, and training and development forums, among other ideas. If you are interested in being involved with the newly-formed Suppliers Council, contact IPI's Deputy Director, Henry Wallmeyer.


Call for Responses: IPI Emerging Trends in Parking Survey

You're invited to participate in the IPI Emerging Trends in Parking Survey. 10 questions, less than 10 minutes to complete. Last year we had an excellent response and that contributed to the value and credibility of the final results. Your opinion counts! We think you'll find the questions interesting. Please respond no later than Tuesday, May 22, but, if possible, please take time to complete the short survey today. The report will be released at the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo in Phoenix. Click here to take survey.


EPA ENERGY STAR National Building Competition for Parking Garages


The Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR National Building Competition pits buildings from across the nation against each other in a competition to see who can trim their energy waste the most. The winner of the 2011 competition was the University of Central Florida's Parking Garage C, which reduced energy use by more than 60 percent and saved almost $35,000 (read more in the June issue of The Parking Professional). Because of this and their desire to shine a spotlight on the potential energy savings from parking garages, the EPA has created a special category for parking garages and similar facilities for the 2012 competition where they will compete against each other.  While not eligible to be the overall winner of the competition, EPA will highlight the winner of this category.  


The EPA is holding a webinar on May 15 for participants to ask questions. May 23 is the deadline to enter! To learn more about the competition and enter click on the documents below.


National Building Competition Details

Step-by-Step Instructions for Applying

National Building Competition FAQ 


Apply now!  

Events Make the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo Special

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The IPI Conference & Expo isn't just about learrning through the
education sessions or on the Expo floor. There are a host of special events planned to help you network while getting out and having a great time. Take a look at the links below to see just a sampling of what we have in store for you!


Register now to take advantage of all the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo has to offer. Rates increase May 11!


Book your hotel rooms now before IPI's reserved rooms are all taken and you have to pay a higher price. Two hotels have already sold out and our guaranteed rates end May 16.


New IPI/ACI-NA Report Highlights Importance of Parking to Airports 

Airport parking facilities generate between $2 and $118 million in gross revenues annually, with a typical large hub airport generating $55 million per year, according to a newly released report produced jointly by IPI, the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), and LeighFisher. The study is based on 2010 data on parking revenues and transactions, parking space inventory, payment methods, management structure, and other aspects of airport parking operations.  Download the report: 2012 ACI-NA/IPI Parking Survey.


IPI's Next Webinar: Green Parking Isn't an Oxymoron

leafimageParking Systems and Sustainability Challenging but Compatible

Conventional wisdom says parking and sustainability can't easily co-exist.  But conventional wisdom is wrong. In fact, the parking industry has found innovative and relatively easy ways to go green and help its customers be more environmentally responsible as well. Participate in this timely webinar to learn how environmental sustainability and a well-designed and operated parking system can work together to meet customer needs, environmental responsibility, and financial goals. The Co-Chairs of IPI's Sustainability Committee will explore specific strategies, options, and resources to help you and your business become more sustainable.  


Instructors: Rick Decker, CAPP, MBA, Minneapolis/St. Paul Int'l Airport 

Rachel Yoka, LEED AP BD+C, CPSM, Timothy Haahs & Associates, Inc.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT (60 minutes)

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


For more information and to register    


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.


Learn From Thy Suppliers by Casey Jones, CAPP


The Magic of Transitional Places by L. Dennis Burns, CAPP


Smoke Screens and Sustainability by Casey Jones, CAPP


Thinking Outside the Lot by Eran Ben-Joseph, Ph.D.


Technology: On-Street Star Wars by Brett Wood, P.E. 


Online ShopTalk: Ideas for Transportation Demand Management

TDMarrowThe Online ShopTalk virtual roundtable provides an opportunity for all IPI members to share ideas and best practices on transportation demand management (TDM). Participants will share their problems and solutions and learn how their peers are successfully addressing TDM concerns. The contact info of all participants will be sent to registrants following the call to allow for further offline networking.


The Online ShopTalk will be a free-form discussion led by Josh Kavanagh, CAPP, director of transportation services at the University of Washington.


IPI ShopTalks are provided at no charge to IPI members*.


Tuesday, May 29 at 1:00 p.m. EDT/ 10:00 a.m. PDT (60 minutes)

*If you want to attend, make sure to join IPI and receive all the benefits.

New Jobs Posted

IPI Career HQHave a job to post? Reach thousands of parking professionals at www.parking.org/careers. Looking for a job in the parking industry? View our latest listings.


VP or Director of Operations - Hotel Division, Valet Parking - Minuteman Parking Company 


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


Executive Director - Buffalo Civic Auto Ramp


View more job listings  


The Parking Professional: Community Central

An MIT Professor Rethinks Parking Lots as the Centers of their CommunitiesMaycover2012


"To some extent, the book I have written, ReThinking a Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking, is a partial attempt to answer the question asked by many of my students, 'Are there and good examples of notable or great parking lots?' In the spirit of Kevin Lynch's holistic approach to site planning, I have tried to look at parking lots as more than just utilitarian objects. Can parking have beauty and greatness in the less than obvious traits of aesthetics or form? Can the way people use lots both planned and spontaneous be a significant determinant of importance? Are surface parking lots just transient, residual way-stations in our built world, or do they hold cultural and historical virtues? The short answer to all of these questions is yes, yes, and yes." - Eran Ben-Joseph, Ph.D


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



Utah Valley University

For: License Plate Recognition System


Norman Manley International Airport, Kingston Jamaica

For: Parking Access and Revenue Control System


City of Richmond, Va.

For: Residential Parking District Clean Sweep Program


City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation

For: Marketing, Leasing, and Management of Retail Spaces/Plaza in Municipal Off-Street Parking Facilities


City of San Jose, Calif.

For: Parking Enforcement Equipment


City of Nashua, N.H.

For: Parking Pay System


City of Roanoke, Va.

For: Management of City Owned Lots and Garages


Windsor, Colo.

For: Parking Study


Delaware Technical & Community College

For: Parking Lot Restoration


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. 


*Not an IPI member, but want access to the RFPs? Join Now!  


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:


PayByPhone Adds NFC option to Mobile Payments for Ottawa's Parking Spaces http://ow.ly/aBVbV

New RFPs posted for #parking equipment, mgmt, systems and more! http://ow.ly/aCY7E


CSU seeks partnership to construct parking site http://ow.ly/aEiMz


Davis Looking For A Volunteer Team Of Parking Enforcers http://ow.ly/aEjr1


Flavored parking tickets for sensory advertising http://ow.ly/aEjMk

Price tag for parking woes could be $1 million in Owen Sound http://ow.ly/aEl2g

Thinking Outside the Lot by Eran Ben-Joseph, Ph.D. of MIT http://ow.ly/aFWKz


Friday parking fun: Video of 9-car vanishing subterranean garage at Lake Tahoe home http://cnnmon.ie/IKgzJR


Transportation Hubs, Parking Structures And The Drastic Effect They Have On Quality Of Life


State of the States

Pennsylvania Parking Association

News about the PPA Spring Training, 12th Annual PPA Conference and membership. Read more...