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June 5, 2012 - Vol 4, Issue 12
In This Issue
There is Still Time To Register for Next Week's 2012 IPI Conference & Expo
The Parking Professional Photo Contest is Now Open!
IPI's Next Webinar Is Tomorrow: The Role of Enforcement in Parking Management
Online ShopTalk: Managing Parking at Airports
New RFPs Posted
We Know How to Ride a Bike, but do we Know How to Park Them?
New Posts on the Parking Matters® Blog
The Parking Professional: It's Not My Fault
New Jobs Posted
Industry Headlines - From IPI's Social Media
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There Is Still Time To Register for Next Week's 2012 IPI Conference & Expo

Conference logo 2012 Correct datesThe IPI Conference & Expo, June 10-13 in Phoenix, will be the largest gathering of parking professionals in the world, and the location of more parking-industry exhibitors than anywhere else by leaps and bounds. There are more exhibiting companies at the IPI Expo than at the next two largest parking shows combined! The IPI Expo is your best opportunity to meet face-to-face with vendors and industry partners who offer real solutions for developing, improving, and expanding your parking operation. Virtually every segment of the parking industry will be represented on the show floor--no other event encompasses such a diverse range of product and service providers. And because we are all watching our budgets, we offer the ability to explore the Expo Hall on Wednesday at no charge. There is no better return on your investment than that!


To see a list of this year's exhibitors and take advantage of the unprecedented educational opportunities be sure to make the World's Number-One Parking Event the parking conference you attend!


For complete conference information, including schedule and pre- and on-site registration, visit www.parking.org/conference. 


The Parking Professional Photo Contest is Now Open!


Think a parking garage can be a thing of beauty? Have a co-worker with a winning smile all day long? Grab your camera (or even your phone) and get snapping--it's the first The Parking Professional Photo Contest! We've even got fabulous prizes!  

Entering is easy: Upload your photos in any of our six categories:


  • Beautiful
  • Funny
  • People in Parking
  • Structure/Lot
  • Nature
  • Most Offbeat of Unusual


All photos will be entered into our Best in Show category as well. Winning photographers in each category will see their photos published in an upcoming issue of the award-winning The Parking Professional magazine and receive highly stylish and coveted Parking Matters® shirts. The Best in Show winner's photo will be published on an upcoming The Parking Professional cover, and the photographer will receive a free registration to the 2013 IPI Conference & Expo in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.


Hit us with your best shots! Visit www.parking.org/PhotoContest for details and to enter. Good luck!


IPI's Next Webinar Is Tomorrow: The Role of Enforcement in Parking Management

This webinar will detail the fundamental role of parking enforcement and the characteristics of a successful enforcement program and personnel. The material will highlight industry-specific terms and management practices that deal with the day-to-day functions of enforcement parking officers. The focus will be to identify and recognize the role of parking enforcement in the overall context of a successful parking management program. parkingenforcement


Instructor: Roamy Valera, CAPP, Vice President, SP Plus Municipal Services


Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. EDT/11:00a.m. PDT (60 minutes)

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


For more information and to register    



Online ShopTalk: Managing Parking at Airports

The June Online ShopTalk virtual roundtable provides an opportunity for IPI members working it or for airports to share ideas and best practices on managing parking at their facilities. Participants will share their problems and solutions and learn how their peers are successfully addressing airport parking 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 Rick Decker, CAPP, assistant manager, parking operations at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport.


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


Thursday, June 28 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 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.



Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
For: Lease of a Public Parking Lot


Midwestern State University, Texas
For: Parking Lot Development 


Springfield, Mass., Parking Authority

For: Parking Structure Condition Assessment


Los Angeles World Aiports
For: Parking Management and Courtesy Transportation Services


Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

For: Lighting Upgrade


Los Angeles Department of Transportation
For: Public Carshare Program


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!  


We Know How to Ride a Bike, but Do We Know How to Park Them?
Rolling Out the Welcome for Bikes: The Role of Parking in Bicycle-Friendly Places

If you want to be a destination for the next generation, you'd better plan for plenty of bikes. Sure, bicycling has always been cool for kids, but pedaling from place to place is catching on with all ages. Providing exercise, reduced traffic congestion, and social benefits, bicycling can help solve many community challenges. Simple steps such as secure and convenient bike parking can help transform workplaces, universities, and neighborhoods and towns into bicycle-friendly destinations. This webinar, presented by the League of American Bicyclists, will share information about the Bicycle Friendly America program, which has already been adopted as a roadmap to success by hundreds of cities, businesses, and colleges nationwide. Don't miss the chance to hear best practices for bike parking planning and implementation ideas that work from around the country.



Bill Nesper, vice president, Programs, League of American Bicyclists

J.C. Porter, CAPP, assistant director, transportation & parking, Boise State University


Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM EDT/11:00 AM PDT (60 minutes)


$35.00 for IPI Members or $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.


Ladies and Gentlemen, We Have Autobots! by Frank L. Giles


Future Mobility and Parking by George Hazel, OBE


IPI Conference & Expo: There's an App for That by Bonnie Watts, CEM


Parking's Beautiful Images by L. Dennis Burns, CAPP


The Parking Professional: It's Not My Fault 

The Best Excuses and Stories Municipal Parking Professionals Have Heard from Illegal Parkers


June TPP 2012

Spend any time in parking enforcement and it's not long before you'll hear an excuse for a violation that'll make you shake your head (or burst out laughing). It's kind of like the dog eating the homework, only for grownups who are caught in the act of parking illegally. You might think it'd be easier to just pay the fine than come up with the stories, but people do it every day.


We asked IPI's municipal members for their favorite "not my fault" stories, and got some doozies. You won't believe what people will say and do to avoid a ticket.


IPI Members can read all the excuses and the rest of the June 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 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 of Operations - Hotel Division, Valet Parking - Minuteman Parking Company


Assitant Director for Parking Operations - Duke University


Assistant Director - UMD Department of Transportation


Director of Business Development - Complus Data Innovations, Inc.


View more job listings  

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:


Video: An App to Out Bad Parkers http://on-msn.com/Jq1VrE


TagMaster to unveil new RFID software at IPI Conference & Expo in Phoenix, Ariz. http;//ow.ly/b9AN3


Looking for parking downtown? New app could help http://ow.ly/bgQch


We are too! Looking forward to seeing everyone! RT @apdcolombia: We're getting ready for @IntlParkingInst Conference & Expo in Phoenix too


First Ever The Parking Professional Photo Contest is now open. Submit your parking photos today! http://ow.ly/bhqD5


St. Cloud to Apply for Parking Ramp Dollars http://ow.ly/blVxl


Latrobe set to test meterless parking downtown http://ow.ly/bm1dq


Chinese Stunt Driver Breaks Parallel Parking Record http://ow.ly/bm4FM


OSU gets $483M #parking bid http://ow.ly/bm5ke