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August 14, 2012 - Vol 4, Issue 17
In This Issue
2013 IPI Conference & Expo Call For Presentations Now Open
The Parking Professional Partners with Second Brazilian Parking Congress
August 29 Webinar: Energy-Efficient Ligting for Parking
New Jobs Posted
Online ShopTalk: Experiences with Electronic Payment Technologies
New Posts on the Parking Matters® Blog
Snap to It! Enter The Parking Professional Photo Contest!
August The Parking Professional is Online
The Parking Professional: What Were They Thinking?
New RFPs Posted
Industry Headlines - From IPI's Social Media
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2013 IPI Conference & Expo Call For Presentations Now Open

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Presentation proposals are currently being accepted for the 2013 IPI Conference & Expo, to be held May 19-22 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The International Parking Institute (IPI) Conference & Expo is the world's largest parking industry event, with 2,400 attendees, more than 200 exhibitors, and 60 educational opportunities. Experienced and articulate individuals willing to share their expertise and real-world practices are invited to submit presentation proposals.


If you can deliver a presentation that illustrates a case study, illuminates important issues, brings how-to knowledge, and increases the professionalism of your peers, be sure to submit a proposal and contribute to furthering the education of the parking industry. Presenters at the 2013 IPI Conference & Expo are entitled to a 25 percent discount off full conference or daily registrations (CAPP candidates are not eligible for registration discounts).


For more information and to submit your proposal.


Deadline is October 1, 2012


Contact IPI Deputy Director Henry Wallmeyer at 540.371.7535 with questions. We look forward to your proposal!


The Parking Professional Partners with Second Brazilian Parking Congress

Following the success of the first edition, the Second Brazilian Parking Congress will take place at Expo Parking, Nov. 21-23 at the Expo Centre Norte in São Paulo, Brazil. For two days, experts from Brazil and other parts of the world will gather to talk about trends, innovations, and challenges for the parking industry in Brazil, including the effects of the upcoming major sports events for the industry.


"We aspire to reach an even wider audience in 2012. The qualification of our industry is urgent and we are pleased to see that, based on the interest in the congress, the industry is aware of this," says Andrew Piccoli, president of Abrapark (Brazilian Parking Association). The organization, founded in 2005, is the organizer of the Congress.


In 2011 the event hosted a series of conferences organized by Abrapark and CET-SP--the Traffic Engineering Company of São Paulo, as well as presentations hosted by several solutions providers. This year, organizers expect even greater numbers of exhibitors and visitors. More information is available at www.expo-parking.com.



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 www.parking.org/careers. Looking for a job in the parking industry? View our latest listings.


General Manager - The Ohio State University Parking Operations - LAZ Parking, LTD


Manager, Parking Services and Transportation - University of Rhode Island


Parking Manager - City of Virginia Beach, VA


Director of Parking - City of Rochester, NY 


Concession Liaison - The Ohio State University Parking Operations - LAZ Parking, LTD


Section Chief, Management Services and Property Develoopment - Montgomery County Government, MD


View more job listings  

Online ShopTalk: Experiences with Electronic Payment Technologies

The August Online ShopTalk virtual roundtable provides an opportunity for all IPI members to discuss their experiences with electronic payment technologies. Participants will be asked to share their problems and solutions and learn how their peers are successfully addressing common issues. The contact information 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 Bruce Barclay,
operations manager/parking, Salt Lake City Department of Airports.


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


Thursday, August 31 at 1:00 p.m. EDT/ 10:00 a.m. PDT (60 minutes)

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

Miss an Online ShopTalk? Contact T.J. Cantwell to request access to the recordings.

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.


What's in a Parking Brand? by Brett Wood, P.E. 


Step Into (Parking) Poetry by Jeff Petry 


The Parking Professional and Colin Powell by Shawn Conrad, CAE 


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 www.parking.org/PhotoContest for details and to enter. Good luck! 


August The Parking Professional is Online

The August issue of The Parking Professional is availabile online. Learn what General Colin Powell has to say on parking plus 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.


To advertise in the award-winning The Parking Professional, contact Bonnie Watts at 540.371.7535.


The Parking Professional: What Were They Thinking?
Last year's dramatic redesign of The Parking Professional drew a lot of attention from both its readers and the publications community, which recognized it with several prominent awards. One of those was a Gold award from Association Media and Publishing, whose members are publishers and editors of association magazines and other publications (a story about The Parking Professional's redesign ran in the January/February 2012 issue of their Signature magazine.
For their part, Association Media and Publishing asked our designers at BonoTom Studio how the redesign came to be. Art Director Abigail Noonan wrote, "At first we thought the subject matter might be a bit of a challenge. It's easy to dismiss parking as boring or irrelevant. But there was so much beauty in the provided pictures. And the articles were about things to do with our lives, with everyone's lives. The research that we did into parking inspired us and we wanted other people to be able to see this magazine the way we did. So we worked on it. . . for months."
The rest of her story is fascinating. Read it HERE.

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:


Businesses Mixed on Parking Meter Removal http://ow.ly/cGG1D


Santa Fe unveils 2 electric vehicle charging stops http://ow.ly/cQLXV


Hartford Parking Authority Launches Redesigned Website http://ow.ly/cQMqX


City puts brake on parking plan; Curb paint, signs ordered to ease problems http://ow.ly/cQNkm


EPA Launches Energy Competition http://ow.ly/cQNY3


Parking control officials begin installing credit card-reading parking meters in Corpus Christi http://ow.ly/cQPlY


Kent State implements new parking meter technology http://ow.ly/cQRzI


Gen. Colin Powell offers his thoughts on the importance of parking in The Parking Professional -full article http://ow.ly/cSwzy


Detailed Parking Tickets Breach Personal Privacy, Appeals Court Says http://ow.ly/cSGsl


Michigan Hospital Lights Parking Deck for $170,000 Less with GE LED Fixtures http://ow.ly/cSGDI


Attend the Second Brazilian Parking Expo


Expo Parking is a tradeshow and conference for the parking industry that will bring together suppliers of parking solutions and parking operators from both public and private organizations. The exposition and conference will serve policy and decision makers seeking solutions to overcome growing parking problems. For the second time Expo Parking will be organized in parallel to TranspoQuip, the biggest event in Brazil for transportation infrastructure, and Expo Urbano, an event that focuses on urban development. Register today