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April 30, 2013 - Vol 5, Issue 9
In This Issue
Experience "Greening the Lot" at the IPI Conference & Expo
IPI Conference & Expo Countdown: Six Things Every Attendee Should Know
IPI's Webinar: Valet Service: Better, Faster, and More Efficient
The Parking Professional: Food Trucks, Meters, and More
New Parking Jobs Posted
New RFPs Posted
Learn from Your Peers at the Parking Matters Blog
Industry Headlines - From IPI's Social Media
State of the States
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Experience "Greening the Lot" at the 2013 IPI Conference & Expo 

The City of Fort Lauderdale has embarked on a groundbreaking initiative, leading the way in exploring sustainability in surface parking lots and pushing the boundaries of sustainability in the parking industry. The city has collaborated with the International Parking Institute, the Green Parking Council, and Timothy Haahs & Associates to design and construct one of the greenest parking lots in the country as a demonstration site for best practices, new technology, and innovative strategies. The Orchid Lot, located adjacent to City Hall, will be redesigned, retrofitted, and launched as a pilot site to showcase strategies and educate both parking professionals and the general public. The entire team has brought to fruition an exciting project, to be featured as the tour at the IPI 2013 Conference & Expo and designated a Green Parking Council Demonstrator Site, that integrates sustainability in planning, water use and management, energy use and management, and programs and operations. This project takes sustainability from a high level conversation of "should do" to an on the ground experience and reality check of "we did." Featured strategies include construction waste management, recycling, bicycle parking, energy-efficient lighting and control, alternative fuel vehicles and charging stations, and more.


The tour of the project will be offered to conference attendees on Tuesday, May 22 at 3:15 p.m. Tour participants will receive a packet of materials on green and sustainable product/service providers. The Greening the Lot project is supported by a broad range of green parking technology providers. Thanks to the project sponsors and supporters:


  • International Parking Institute
  • Green Parking Council
  • City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Timothy Haahs & Associates
  • Streetline, Inc.
  • Zenith Motors
  • Case Parking, LLC
  • Proterra, Inc.
  • TimberRock Energy Solutions 


IPI Conference & Expo Countdown: Six Things Every Attendee Should Know
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Are you ready?  Less than 20 days until the opening of the IPI Conference & Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. There's still time to register and plan ahead to get the most out of all the opportunities in store for you!  Here are six things to help you ride the wave to the best parking event ever:

  1. Plan to carry your photo I.D. with you at all times -- the Convention Center is considered a Port Authority, so I.D. is required.
  2. First-timer? Plan to attend the first timer orientation on Sunday. This is a great way to get acclimated, meet fellow newbies, and maximize the event.
  3. Watch for sign-up information in the next few days about conference facility tours. Limited space is available for guided tours that include local airports, universities, a green parking, site visit, and even a tour of downtown via water taxi!
  4. Jump-start the fun and networking with IPI's Saturday Golf Tournament, and start every morning with the Road Runner Club or group yoga sessions.
  5. To get the most of your conference week, plan to attend the general sessions. This is your chance to get inspired by parking and transportation leaders and learn about the Sunny Side of Parking, Game Changers, Mad Men (and Women), and more!
  6. This year's Expo Hall is roughly the size of four football fields. Wear comfortable shoes and plan to have your socks knocked off with the latest in parking technology, innovations, and ideas!

Explore more and register here:


IPI Webinar: Valet Service: Better, Faster, and More Efficient

Valet employees can be taught the basics of their jobs, but is caring -- really caring -- something that can be learned? The Cleveland Clinic thinks so, and has brought top-notch customer service and productivity (and caring) from art to science.


This webinar will cover how a large medical center embraced a custom model of valet staffing productivity, bi-weekly payroll cost analysis, master schedule methodology, shift huddles, and finally an employee culture of being courteous, attentive, resourceful, and efficient (that's the CARE).  You'll learn about the Cleveland Clinic's custom productivity tools that evaluate staffing needs to optimize retrieval times and minimize congestion and costs. Other topics to be covered include master schedules, shift huddles, staffing vacancy tracking, and the service expectations that ensure all employees CARE about their work. The results have been fantastic!


Instructor: Stephanie Barnes, Director, Cleveland Clinic Parking Services  

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


Wednesday, May 15 at 2:00 p.m. EDT/ 11:00 a.m. PDT (60 minutes)


For more information and to register!


All CAPP candidates and graduates who register and participate in the webinar will receive .5 points toward their CAPP certification or recertification requirements. 


The Parking Professional: Food Trucks, Meters, and More

The May issue is chock-full of information and ideas for you to put to work, including a feature on how different cities are dealing with food trucks and parking, smart meters, and how to build the right amount of parking for different needs. And also use the Expo guide in the issue to plan your visits with exhibitors at the upcoming IPI Conference & Expo, May 19-22 in Fort Lauderdale.


Rolling Controversy May 2013 cover

City parking departments are finding unique ways to balance the needs of restaurants, citizens, and entrepreneurs in what many have deemed the downtown food truck wars.


Beyond Supply & Demand

Moving past traditional spaces-per-square-foot calculations to build parking that's actually needed.


To Market, To Market

How one municipality is using market-based pricing for on-street parking with great results.


Mensa Meters

Transitioning to smart meters can have wide effects on municipality parking.


Prep Work

When it comes to passing a PCI audit, the key is in a familiar mantra: be prepared.


Tourist Transitions

Resort towns face special challenges when it comes to parking management plans.


The 2013 IPI Conference & Expo Products and Services Directory

Where to find products and resources at the 2013 IPI Conference & Expo.


Questions, comments, or thoughts about The Parking Professional? Be sure to stop by The Parking Professional booth (#836) at the IPI Conference & Expo and share them with Kim Fernandez, editor, The Parking Professional. 

IPI members can access the online version of the May issue now. 

New Parking Jobs Posted
New RFPs Posted
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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.


Santa Monica, Calif.
For: Transit Project Marketing Services

Texas Tech University
For: Printing of Tickets/Parking Passes

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
For: Valet Parking Vehicle Tracking and Retrieval System

City of Glendale, Calif.
For: Parking Citation Processing, Delinquent Collection Services and Preferential Parking Permit Program

Amtrak, Lancaster, Pa.
For: Parking Management Services 


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!


Learn from Your Peers at the Parking Matters® Blog

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  • The Smartest People in the Room by Wanda Brown
  • Musings on Earth Day, Generational Change, and Radical Shifts by Rachel Yoka
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  • Downton Abbey, Downtown Parking by Jeff Petry  

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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 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:


Solar Roadways chief presented for Google/GE. Don't miss his keynote at the IPI Conference & Expo!


Santa Rosa may spend $172K to bring back parking meters


Apple Patents Method for Locating a Vehicle in a Parking Garage


Proposed University of Utah parking garage spurring student protest


Boylston Strong: Parking meters fees waived in Back Bay to encourage commerce


Fredericksburg ponders more parking decks


Sacramento plans solar-powered 'smart' parking meters


Hapless attempt at parallel parking in Belfast is internet hit


Free Sunday parking in Chicago neighborhoods, meter dispute settled 


State of the States
The Parking Association of the Virginias (PAV) Spring Meeting will be held on May 3 at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Va. Speakers from Old Dominion University, Vanasse, Hangen, Brustlin (VHB), and VCU will be exploring ways to enhance the pedestrian and bicycle environment. More information and registration are available at