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June 19, 2012 - Vol 4, Issue 13
In This Issue
2012 IPI Conference & Expo A Success
Big Conference, Big (Media) News
2012 Parking Professional Recognition Award Winners Announced
Awards of Excellence Parking Design Competition Winners Announced
All Roads Lead to Technology
FHWA Releases its Parking Pricing Primer at the IPI Conference & Expo
Keynote Address: Electric Vehicles and Parking
General Session: Future of Parking in Cities
General Session: Media Training Crash Course
Congratulations to the CAPP Class of 2012
Summit Explores How TDM Compliments Parking
We Have Winners!
Accessing Conference Presentations
New RFPs Posted
Online ShopTalk: Managing Parking at Airports
We Know How to Ride a Bike, but do we Know How to Park Them?
New Jobs Posted
Industry Headlines - From IPI's Social Media
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2012 IPI Conference & Expo A Success

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The 2012 IPI Conference & Expo, held last week in Phoenix, Ariz., was a resounding success.  With 220 exhibitors and more than 2400 attendees representing 35 countries, the 2012 Conference & Expo again raised the bar as the largest parking industry event in the world. Below, you will find a quick recap of the week's events and highlights.


Big Conference, Big (Media) News

The power of IPI's Parking MattersŪ effort to advance the parking profession was in full force last week with a Conference & Expo publicity campaign that hit it out of the ballpark, generating positive press about all that is new and exciting in our industry. ABC, NBC, and CBS-TV affiliates, and the New York Times all sent video crews to the IPI Expo hall last week to cover the world's biggest parking event. Two radio stations covered the event as well.


Through news releases about IPI's Emerging Trends in Parking Survey and Awards of Excellence winners, additional media coverage at press time included favorable coverage touting technology in the New York Daily News, city business journals, and trade publications such as Durability & Design and Building Design & Construction. Topping off Conference coverage were new feature articles about parking in  BOMA Magazine,  Courier magazine,  College Services magazine, and Government Buyer.

Awards of Excellence winners earned their share of media coverage, too, and more is coming as news coverage of winning parking facilities continues. Exhibitors and Conference attendees: click on links to video news coverage in the Parking MattersŪ section of the IPI website and you just might catch a glimpse of yourself or your booth.

Kudos to IPI Chair Casey Jones, CAPP; IPI Immediate Past Chair Cindy Campbell; and IPI Executive Director Shawn Conrad, CAE, who served as stellar spokespersons for the industry all week.


See Conference & Expo media coverage.   




2012 Parking Professional Recognition Award Winners Announced

IPI has announced the 2012 recipients of its Professional Recognition Program, created to honor parking industry professionals who exemplify excellence in the industry and are changing the perception of parking through their actions and organizational programs.


Parking Professional of the Year: Rachel Yoka, LEED, AP BD+C, CNU+A, CPSM, TimHaahs & Associates, Inc.


Parking Supervisor of the Year: June Broughton, communications & marketing manager at Texas A&M University's Transportation Services Department


ParkingStaff Member of the Year: Heather Medley, Texas Tech University


Parking Organization of the Year: Parking Services at University of Maryland, College Park


Read more about these award winners.



Awards of Excellence Parking Design Competition Winners Announced

IPI recognized seven of the industry's most outstanding parking facilities and operations with its 2012 Awards of Excellence, citing innovation, efficiency, sustainability, and user-friendliness as key factors in the selection. Honorees in the 30th annual competition ranged from an intermodal transit facility that encourages residents of Hillsboro, Ore., to use alternative modes of transportation, to the LEED Gold-certified Canopy Airport Parking facility at Denver International Airport, which serves as a teaching model of sustainable building and management practices. Read about all the winners.


All Roads Lead to Technology

The 2012 Emerging Trends in Parking Survey was released at the IPI Conference & Expo. It showed that cashless, electronic, and automatic payment systems join apps that provide real-time information about parking rates and availability and wireless sensing devices that help improve traffic management as the top in-demand technologies in the industry.


Federal Highway Administration Releases Its Parking Pricing Primer at the IPI Conference & Expo

The Federal Highway Administration developed, Contemporary, Approaches to Parking Pricing: A Primer, to encourage discussion and innovation within the parking field. The primer discusses advances in parking pricing policy, available parking technology, preferred user accommodations, and strategies for gaining public acceptance for parking policy changes. The primer includes numerous examples of innovative parking policies and will help communities design strategies that are applicable to their unique needs. Download it for free. 


Keynote Address: Electric Vehicles and Parking

Keynote speaker Britta Gross, director, Global Energy Systems and Infrastructure Commercialization, General Motors, expound upon a simple message about a complex topic: Parking is very important to alternative fuel vehicles. She urged parking professionals to become familiar with EVSE (electrical vehicle supply equipment) suppliers, and recognize opportunities to make parking facilities EV-friendly. Toward that end, she concluded with seven steps to consider.

General Session: Future of Parking in Cities

Dr. George Hazel, chairman of MRC McLean Hazel, took attendees on a journey into the future of parking and mobility. Opening with an adaptation of the blue pill/red pill challenge Morpheus issued to Neo in "The Matrix," Hazel observed that while staying with an operational/regulatory "blue pill" view of parking and mobility is perfectly OK, trends around the globe reveal a whole new "red pill" paradigm centered primarily around the customer that savvy parking pros can leverage to their benefit.

General Session: Media Training Crash Course

Wednesday's general session brought Nick Calderone, owner of Reel Stories, and Phoenix CBS 5 News Anchor Sean McLaughlin to the stage for a robust discussion on talking with the media. The two presented their "Bes and Don'ts" for media interviews, encouraging parking professionals to be prepared, honest, passionate, expressive, accurate, and calm. "Everybody can tell if you're not telling the truth," said McLaughin. When faced with a reporter, they said, don't lie, mislead, be evasive or defensive, speculate, or deny. And no matter what, don't say "no comment."

Congratulations to the Certified Administrator of Public Parking (CAPP) Class of 2012

This year's eighteen CAPP graduates come from small and large municipal agencies, colleges and universities, an airport, as well as parking management, consulting and technology companies. 


Summit Explores How TDM Compliments Parking

A crowd gathered Wednesday morning to learn how parking professionals can integrate transportation demand management (TDM) strategies into their programs to help achieve mobility goals, during the Summit on TDM: Transportation Tools to Support Parking Program Effectiveness. The one-day summit, co-sponsored by IPI and the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT), provided participants with a lot of practical, actionable information and case studies. The event was co-chaired by ACT President Brian Shaw, director of business services at The University of Pennsylvania, and Josh Kavanagh, CAPP, director of transportation at the University of Washington.


We Have Winners!

The last day of the IPI Expo meant lots of excitement on the floor as raffles were conducted and prizes were given away. Cheryl Woodward and Debra Wooden each won $500 in IPI's Expo-Opoly game. After that, it was time to announce the year's Best in Show exhibitor booths. Winners are:

  • Best in Show, 100 - 300 square feet
    • First Place: Eco Lights
    • Second Place: Garage Juice Bar
    • Third Place: Streetline
  • Best in Show, 400 - 600 square feet: Magnetic Autocontrol
  • Best in Show, 800 - 1200 square feet: Amano McGann
  • Best in Show, People's Choice: Magnetic Autocontro 



Accessing Conference Presentations
If you attended the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo and want to download copies of the presentations, login to the Attendee Service Center and click on "Handouts." Your login and password can be found in your registration email confirmation or you can click on "Forgot Password."

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.



Technical College System of Georgia
For: Seal Coating Parking Lots & Roads


Lexington and Fayette County Parking Authority, Ky.
For: Parking Structure Repairs


Lexington and Fayette County Parking Authority, Ky.
For: Parking and Revenue Control Systems (PARCS) 


Park City, Utah
For: Car Sharing Services


City of Inglewood, Calif.

For: Parking Enforcement, Meter Operations Services and Structure Management Services 


University of Iowa

For: Parking Access & Revenue Control System Replacement


City of Pacific Grove, Calif.

For:  Professional Services for the Installation of Parking Lot Lights 


Park City, Utah 
For: Parking System Software

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. 


Online ShopTalk: Managing Parking at Airports

The June Online ShopTalk virtual roundtable provides an opportunity for IPI members working in 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.

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!


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


New Jobs Posted

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Parking Compliance Aide - The City of Hyattsville, MD 


Director Parking and Transportation - Virginia Commonwealth University 


Regional Sales Manager - Miami/Ft. Lauderdale 


Director of Business Development - Complus Data Innovations, Inc.


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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 MattersŪ 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:


Cars Avoid Crashes By Talking to Each Other


IPI publishes the 2012 Emerging Trends in Parking Report


The IPI Conference & Expo was featured by several Phoenix news stations this week. Watch the videos


Parking is big business, and getting bigger via NY Daily News


Chicago plans to set up single bill-payment site online and in-person pay centers


Plastic payments coming to some Downtown #parking