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October 23, 2012 - Vol 4, Issue 22
In This Issue
Parking in Puerto Rico: 6 Days Left to Save
Last Shot: The Parking Professional Photo Contest
IPI Webinar: The ROI of Green Parking
Online ShopTalk: Airport Parking Incentive Programs
Reserve Space in the 2013 Parking Buyer's Guide and Consultant's Directory
Submit Your News to IPI's Parking NewsLINK
New Jobs Posted
Latest from The Parking Matters® Blog
Submit Your Entries for the 2013 Awards of Excellence
The Parking Professional: A Judge, the DMV, and Magic
Exhibitor Alert: 75% of 2013 IPI Conference & Expo Exhibit Space is Sold
Nominations Sought For Professional Recognition Awards
New RFPs
Industry Headlines - From IPI's Social Media
State of the States
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Parking in Puerto Rico: Six Days Left to Save More than $125 on IPI's Latin Parking Conference & Expo

Latin Square AdAttendees and Exhibitors:  Register by October 29 and save more than $125 on registration for the three-day IPI 2nd Annual Latin Parking Conference & Expo scheduled for Dec. 9-12 at The Ritz Carlton, San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Registration is $299 now; $425 after October 28.)The conference is designed as a fast-track introduction into the world of parking for a wide range of decision-makers in Latin countries who want to re-think parking to generate revenue and learn about new approaches, new tools, and new technologies that are contributing to smarter cities. This is a extraordinary opportunity for suppliers who want to showcase their products and services to a receptive market. Hotel rates are only $179/night and the action-packed schedule includes tabletop exhibits, educational sessions, facility tours, and business-boosting networking opportunities. Leisure tours of the rain forest and Bacardi Rum Distillery are also available. More at latin.parking.org.


Your Last Shot at the Parking Professional Photo Contest


No need to panic, but as of today, you only have eight days to enter The Parking Professional's first photo contest, see your best shot featured on the cover of the magazine, and put yourself in the running for a free registration to the 2013 IPI Conference & Expo in Ft. Lauderdale Fla. So what are you waiting for?


Take your digital camera (or even your smartphone) out and document the best, prettiest, and funniest aspects of parking to enter in one of six categories:

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

Winners of each category will see their photos printed in a future issue of The Parking Professional magazine and each receive a highly-stylish and much-coveted Parking Matters® shirt. Every photo entered also has a chance at winning our Best in Show category, and the honor of being our January 2013 cover shot and winning its photographer a free IPI Conference & Expo registration. 


Entering is easy, but you'd better get on it--the contest closes on Wednesday, Oct. 31. This is sure to become an industry tradition, so don't miss out. Visit www.parking.org/photocontest for rules and to hit us with your best shots! 


IPI Webinar: The ROI of Green Parking

This webinar will explore the importance of environmental sustainability in growing successful 21st-century parking and transportation industries. It will discuss the increasing integration of services to drivers; why BMW sees parking as a key enabler for emerging innovative urban mobility services, the range of "Green Garage" practices and technologies;and the role of the Green Garage Certification Program in promoting parking as part of the solution to transportation-related environmental stresses.



Joachim Hauser, director, BMW Mobility Services
Paul Wessel, executive director, Green Parking Council

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


Wednesday, November 14 at 2:00 p.m. EST/ 11:00 a.m. PST (60 minutes)

For more information and to register!


Online ShopTalk: Airport Parking Incentive Programs
airport parkingEncouraging Customer Parking Preferences Through Incentive Programs


The October Online Shoptalk will discuss a number of incentive programs including loyalty programs, reservation programs, and corporate or frequent parker programs. Participants who use these types of programs will be asked what the driving factor for their implementation was and how airports justify them.


The Online ShopTalk will be a free-form discussion requiring active participation by all registrants. Steve Koester, A.A.E., parking systems manager at the Port of Portland, will moderate the discussion.


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


Thursday, October 25 at 1:00 p.m. EDT/ 10:00 a.m. PDT (60 minutes)


The contact information of all participants will be sent to registrants following the call to allow for offline networking.
*If you want to participate, join IPI and receive all the benefits of membership.

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

Reserve Space in the 2013 Parking Buyer's Guide and Consultant's Directory Now!

BGad_png There's an old marketing adage that says, "Put the bucket out where it's raining." That translates to being visible where your prospective customers expect to find you--and the print edition IPI's 2013 Parking Buyer's Guide and Consultant's Directory is always handy and in the hands of more than 5,000 parking professionals who are looking for your equipment, products, and services 365 days a year. Whether you buy an enhanced listing or display ad, act now to take advantage of this rainmaking opportunity.


The 2013 Parking Buyer's Guide and Consultant's Directory space reservation deadline is November 9, 2012. Don't be left out. Contact Aisha Adams at 540.371.7535 to reserve your space.


Submit Your News to IPI's Parking NewsLINK

NewsLink Got news? IPI members have a new, cost-free way to share their news about parking, people, products, and services, thanks to IPI's Parking NewsLINK, a new section at parking.org.


IPIParking NewsLINK consists of links to unedited member news releases; they are  viewable to all, but only IPI members may post news. To upload news, members need to submit the name of their organization, the date of the news release, and a link to the information via an online form available on the site. Read recent member news here.


New Parking 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.


Director of Business Development - First Transit


Parking and Transportation Cashier - Loyola Marymount University


Parking Manager - City of San Rafael


Vice President of Business Development - Complus Data Innovations, Inc. 


View more job listings  

Latest from The Parking Matters® Blog

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Sign up to receive Parking Matters® Blog posts as they are published (about two to three times each week).  


Recent posts:

- Parking Lots and Trash

New Ways of Thinking

- Catch The Big One

- Solar Roadways and Parking Lots


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Submit Your Entries for the 2013 Awards of Excellence Competition
Each year, IPI recognizes and commends trends in parking facility design that are aesthetically pleasing, functional, green and sustainable. We also recognize innovation in parking programs and operations. This year's 31st annual IPI Awards of Excellence open competition is for public agencies, jurisdictions, institutions, organizations, and corporations that own parking facilities completed or renovated since January 1, 2010, or that conduct parking programs/operations initiated since that date.

Awards of Excellence plaques and Awards of Merit are given to submitted projects/operations as determined by the IPI Awards of Excellence Committee to be deserving of recognition in each category. The deadline to enter is Monday, December 31, 2012. Read more about the seven award categories and download entry packets.

The Parking Professional: A Judge, the DMV, and Magic

The November issue of The Parking Professional has been mailed and explores the great advice on making parking tickets stick to share with your front-line staff members. Be sure to read all these feature articles plus so much more:


Bench WarrantTPP November Cover

A retired parking judge offers tips for enforcement officers to make sure parking tickets hold up in court.


Hitting Moving Targets

Navigating the DMV maze to obtain accurate registered owner information is crucial to an effective enforcement program.


High Value

Building public acceptance for demand-based pricing.


On the Cutting Edge

The Federal Highway Administration funds seven new parking pricing projects.


Walking the Line

Striking a balance where on-street parking benefits TDM.


Reforming Parking Policies

California works to balance community concerns with realistic parking needs.


Multi-Modal Magic

How one city welcomed a new stadium without building a single parking space, and without a parking crunch.


Growing Pains

New York's Roosevelt Island takes on increasing parking challenges with smart technology.


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


Exhibitor Alert:  75% of 2013 IPI Conference & Expo Exhibit Space is Sold. Act now to reserve

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The 2013 International Parking Institute Conference & Expo will take place May 19-22, in sunny Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. This is the world's biggest parking industry event with 2500+ attendees from 35+ countries--and it's the best place for you to showcase your products and services to top executives and decision-makers responsible for purchasing, planning, designing, operating, and managing parking and transportation at colleges/universities, municipalities/cities, airports, hospitals, sports/entertainment complexes, retail/mixed use facilities, commercial buildings, and more. Reserve your exhibit space today. Yes! - 75 percent of the 2013 Expo space is already SOLD. A few premium booths and a host of sponsorship opportunities are still available, but not for long, so don't delay.


Nominations Sought For Professional Recognition Awards

Each year the IPI Professional Recognition Program honors those in our industry who exemplify professionalism. You have the opportunity to nominate a colleague, an employee, an organization, or yourself. There is no fee involved. Please note that the IPI Board of Directors recently voted to re-name the Parking Professional of the Year award in honor of the late James M. Hunnicutt, one of IPI's founding fathers.  


The Professional Recognition Program competition consists of four categories:


  • James M. Hunnicutt Parking Professional of the Year (for management-level professionals who direct an entire parking/transportation operation, or manage multiple units within a department.)
  • Parking Organization of the Year (for public or private parking organizations, departments, consultants, suppliers, commercial operators, etc.)
  • Parking Supervisor of the Year (for those who supervise one or more employees within a parking/transportation department or unit.)
  • Parking Staff Member of the Year (for front-line staff)


Nominations for the 2013 Professional Recognition Program awards are now open. The deadline for the competition is Friday, February 1, 2013. Download the 2013 entry packet.

New RFPs Posted on IPI's RFP Portal
RFP cropThese are the latest parking RFPs available at the IPI RFP Portal. Access to complete RFP details is a benefit of IPI membership. 


San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
For: Procurement of Parking Meters and Paystations


Town of Brookline, Mass.
For: Single Space Credit Card Acceptance Parking Meters


San Jose, Calif.

For: Parking Pay Machines


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 industries? Just join us on Twitter, FacebookLinkedIn, and the Parking Matters® Blog. Here are just a few examples of the stories you may have missed:


Commuter Check and Icon Parking Partner to Save New York City Commuters Money http://ow.ly/eFfzL


Parking Lots and Story Times in Carson City http://ow.ly/eFfYt


New Parking Garage Signs Catch Big Attention http://ow.ly/eFhoo


Parking Authority of Elizabeth rewarded for energy conservation http;//ow.ly/eFhYQ


High streets free parking call by Welsh Tories via BBC http://ow.ly/eGeBp


Mayor takes part in J&W Parking Garage Ground-breaking http://ow.ly/eHdl3


Parking conflicts prompting churches to flee D.C. http://ow.ly/eHeyh


Young Driver 'Parks' SUV On Top Of Other Cars http://ow.ly/eHeQ2 


State of the States

Texas Parking and Transportation Association Call for Speakers

The Texas Parking and Transportation Association will hold its annual conference April 1-4, 2013, in Austin, Tex.  The Host Committee, in coordination with the TPTA Board of Directors, is now accepting proposals for presentations for the educational portion of the conference.


Proposals are welcomed regarding any topic of interest to our industry. In addition to parking, we have had specific interest in transportation-related issues.  Presentations should not be marketing pitches for particular firms, services, or products.  Successful proposals typically focus on educating the audience, presenting case studies of successes, and lessons learned from challenging projects. Submittal deadline is November 5.  Learn more and submit proposals.