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July 31, 2012 - Vol 4, Issue 16
In This Issue
Four-Star Thoughts on Parking
Durbin Amendment Webinar Q&A Now Available
August 29 Webinar: Seeing the Light and Believing
New Jobs Posted
New Posts on the Parking Matters® Blog
Snap to It, Enter The Parking Professional Photo Contest!
August The Parking Professional
New RFPs Posted
Industry Headlines - From IPI's Social Media
State of the States
IPI Links


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Four-Star Thoughts from Colin Powell on Parking


Can you guess who offered the following motivation for managers to share with parking professionals?


"This building doesn't get started until we get our job done. We're important-- we're as important as anyone in this building. We need to get our job done efficiently, without damaging cars. We need to master getting cars into tight spaces, smile at everyone, say good morning, and let people know that we're here to help and we want to get you in as fast as we can."


Believe it or not, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell shared that advice with The Parking Professional in an exclusive interview about management, living with purpose, and what parking has to teach executives in all industries. Appearing on the cover of the August issue, Powell talks about everything from the First Observer program to instilling pride in front-line employees to the importance of parking in the way the world does business. It's an interview you'll want to share with your whole staff, and it's only in the August issue of The Parking Professional. Watch your mailbox or read it online right now! 

Durbin Amendment Webinar Q&A Now Available

On July 25, Michael Mintz, advisory consultant, AMG Payment Solutions, presented IPI's webinar, "A Deeper Dive into What the Durbin Amendment Means for Parking" and educated participants on which IPI members will benefit from the Durbin Amendment changes and who will not, along with what it will do to monthly credit card processing costs. Below is an excerpt from the question and answer transcript:


Q: Has there been any noticeable impact to micro transactions (<$5) due to Durbin?

A: Yes, the change to debit card interchange rates has negatively impacted micro transactions.  Both Visa and MasterCard have eliminated the small ticket debit interchange category for regulated debit transactions.  A $5 debit card transaction pre-Durbin carried an interchange cost of 12 cents.  That same transaction post-Durbin carries an interchange cost of 21 cents for a regulated debit card transaction.  These interchange costs exclude dues and assessments and network fees.


IPI members can read the full transcript here and anyone can access the archived webinar here.


Seeing the Light and Believing

IPI Webinar: Energy-Efficient Parking Structure Lighting


Recent advances in lighting technology have resulted in opportunities to greatly reduce energy consumption and operational costs in multi-level parking facilities. Would you like to achieve this but don't know where to start or how to make the best decision for your facility? You can learn how in this webinar. Don Monahan, P.E., vice president, Walker Parking Consultants, will:


  • Define lighting terminology. 
  • Present lighting industry design criteria.
  • Providing parking facility lighting design examples.
  • Discuss factors that influence light fixture selection.
  • Discuss energy-efficient lighting retrofits.
  • Determine federal tax deductions and utility rebates for installing energy-efficient lighting. 


Instructor: Don Monahan, P.E., vice president, Walker Parking Consultants


Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. EDT/11:00 a.m. PDT (60 minutes)

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


For more information and to register


New Jobs Posted

IPI Career HQ

Have a job to post? Reach thousands of parking professionals at Looking for a job in the parking industry? View our latest listings.


Regional Sales Manager- Digital Payment Technologies Corp.


Enforcement Field Supervisor- City of Houston


Accounting Manager- E-Z Parking, Inc.


Area Parking Manager- E-Z Parking, Inc.


Staff Accountant/Office Administration- E-Z Parking, Inc.


Director of Business Development- Complus Data Innovations, Inc.  


View more job listings  

New Posts on the Parking Matters® Blog

PM blog logoThe Parking Matters® Blog is a popular 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.


Parking: Coming of Age by L. Dennis Burns, CAPP


Envisioning the Future: Parking's Role by Jeff Petry


MTI: Claiming a Seat at the Table by Casey Jones, CAPP


Carmageddon and Why Parking Matters by Isaiah Mouw, CAPP


Snap to It, Enter The Parking Professional Photo Contest!

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 categoriPhotoContestes: 


  • 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 for details and to enter. Good luck! 


August The Parking Professional: 2012 IPI Conference & Expo Wrap-Up and Much More

The August issue of The Parking Professional has been mailed, and while the lead feature with Gen. Colin Powell is a great piece, there is lots of other great information in the issue too. See if your 15 minutes of fame are included in the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo wrap-up, find out what we can learn from the past to help us today, and read about much more.


General DirectionPowelllowres

Gen. Colin Powell speaks about business, leadership, and parking's purpose.


Before "I Do"

How buying parking equipment is a lot like getting married, and what you need to know before taking the leap.


The 2012 IPI Conference & Expo

All the happenings, goings-on, and events from Phoenix.


Not So New

Modern parking facilities take lessons from historic garages in downtown Louisville, Ky.


Internal Affairs

Five steps to selling your idea through your organization.


IPI members can read the August issue of The Parking Professional online now!


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.



University of Iowa 
For: Parking Garage Lighting


Philadelphia Parking Authority
For: Parking Facility Improvements


City of Los Angeles
For: Parking Structure Cleaning


Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
For: Parking Facility Operations


City of Naples, Fla.

For: Proposals to provide and install pay stations. 


View all RFPs

Organizations can post 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:


Downtown Minneapolis is seen as drowning in a sea of parking lots


Gov. Quinn signs law cracking down on illegal disabled parking via @chicagotribune


New lighting technology to benefit airport parking garages


Aaron Cheng's Parking + Housing Building Is a Parking Garage That Converts to Housing at Night


Lady Gaga Leaks New Music In NYC Parking Garage


Keep the change: New meters debut in Pittsburgh


Hawaii's "Most Beautiful Garage" Undergoes LED Lighting Retrofit


James Bond-style Pond and Parking Garage Entrance by HOSPER


Parking surveillance plan won't invade privacy


A Closer Look At Illinois' New Disabled Parking Law


Parking Services strives to alleviate students' parking concerns at Auburn


Washington Metro Transit Authority launches Parking Pay-by-Phone Pilot with @Parkmobile


State of the States

Florida Parking Association

The FPA Board is working diligently on our Annual Conference & Tradeshow, Dec. 5 - 7, 2012, held at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort in St. Augustine, Fla. FPA is putting the pedal to the metal and racing fast forward with new innovations, new markets, new trends, and new technologies -- no more "parking as usual'.

If you think you can contribute to the association's pull ahead in parking and are willing to share your expertise, we are looking for you.  Attached is a link to the 2012 Call for Presentations form.  Submission deadline is Sept. 7, 2012. Read more...

Texas Parking and Transportation Association
TPTA encourages you to continue to send in any newsworthy information from your city, business, or local news agency whether it is a city, airport, university, or a business change. As we all are interested in what is taking place in the Texas parking industry. Communications is a top priority at every level in all companies and we know your input and expertise will allow our association publications and website to be a valuable source of information for those who are in the parking profession. Please email Mary Mabry, as TPTA would love to share your information with other professionals who may be looking for a new or different solution. If you are not a member, please visit our website and discover all the benefits we provide.