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May 14, 2013 - Vol 5, Issue 10
In This Issue
Green Parking Council Becomes an Affiliate of the International Parking Institute
Merchandise, Contests and more at the 2013 IPI Conference & Expo Member Services Booth
IPI's Webinar: Valet Service: Better, Faster, and More Efficient
Travel Channel to Debut Extreme Parking May 28
The Parking Professional Recognized for Writing
The Parking Professional: Rolling Controversy
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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Green Parking Council Becomes an Affiliate of the International Parking Institute
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Under an agreement approved by the boards of both organizations, the International Parking Institute (IPI) and the Green Parking Council (GPC) have announced that they are joining forces with the GPC becoming an affiliate of IPI's to further strengthen the parking industry's ongoing sustainability initiatives.  Their joint goal is to encourage parking professionals to integrate green design and economically-efficient products and practices in management and operations. 


IPI will marshal its extensive resources as the industry's largest association to help GPC launch its Green Garage Certification and Credentialing Program, which recognizes and inspires high performance, sustainable parking facility design, technology, and management. 


Certification will provide both a roadmap and assessment tool for real estate owners, developers, planners, architects, tenants, parking operators, and others to strive toward a more environmentally and economically sustainable future.  A Public Beta test of the garage certification program is underway. Read more here.

Merchandise, Contests and more at the 2013 IPI Conference & Expo Member Services Booth
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With so many networking events, education sessions, speakers, and social activities during the 2013 IPI Conference & Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Florida it will be hard to find the time to do everything. 


But make sure to visit the IPI Member Services booth on the expo hall floor (#833) to take advantage of several opportunities in one place. As always, the IPI Member Services booth will provide a relaxing area where attendees can sit, eat and catch up with each other in between visiting the the hundreds of exhibits on the show floor. In addition, IPI staff will also be available to answer questions and discuss existing and upcoming member benefits. 


A new feature in the Member Services booth this year will be the IPI Shop displaying and selling various IPI and Parking Matters® merchandise such as golf shirts, lapel pins, hats, water bottles, umbrellas and more. So make sure to stop by and purchase a souvenir before you head back home. 


If you are looking to challenge your creative side than enter to win the first "You Write the Caption Contest". Two  cartoons that IPI recently commissioned will be on display in the booth and all attendees can enter their ideas for the best caption. The person with the winning caption will receive a prize package of IPI merchandise and have his or her caption featured in an upcoming issue of the IPI Insider. Visit the booth for more details and to enter. 


For information about all the exciting activities and to register for the IPI Conference & Expo go to


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. 


Travel Channel to Debut Extreme Parking May 28

Travel ChannelMark your calendar to watch Extreme Parking! You heard us-the Travel Channel will debut its series about all things parking on May 28 at 10 p.m. Chalk up another success for IPI's Parking Matters® initiative. Among the episodes of the show are an interview with IPI Chair Casey Jones, CAPP, about the future of parking, and a segment about IPI 2012 Awards of Excellence winner Canopy Airport Parking, Denver Colo., which is known for its environmentally responsible technologies and green design. The parking episodes are part of the Travel Channel's "Extreme" series; other topics covered have included resorts and terror rides, and the show promises to feature "the absolute best of what the U.S. of A. has to offer-to the total extreme." What wonderful exposure for the parking industry. The Travel Channel is accessible to more than 94 million households in the U.S.


The Parking Professional Recognized for Writing

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IPI's monthly magazine, The Parking Professional, was recognized with a 2013 Silver EXCEL Award for Feature Writing from Association Media & Publishing for its September 2012 cover story on the independent film, "America's Parking Lot." Honoring the best publishing products in the association industry, the EXCEL awards judge about 1,000 entries every year. The Parking Professional will be recognized for the story (which, judging by reader feedback, was one of its most popular last year) at the 33rd Annual EXCEL Gala in Washington, D.C. on June 10.


Read the story here.

The Parking Professional: Rolling Controversy

May 2013 cover The City of Chicago followed several other major cities last July when it passed an ordinance banning food trucks from parking within 200 feet of fixed businesses that serve food. Their ordinance, which also required the trucks to broadcast their whereabouts via GPS devices, went a bit farther than most, but the concept of keeping mobile restaurants from claiming space in front of brick-and-mortar food establishments has become a popular way to stifle howls of protest from business owners as the trucks grow in popularity. Restaurant owners were thrilled with the rule.  Food truck owners...not so much, and in November, the Institute for Justice, which bills itself as "the nation's leading legal advocate for the rights of entrepreneurs," sued the city on behalf of three entrepreneurs. At the same time, it released two reports it said offered recommendations to city officials on developing conditions that would let the trucks thrive (


IPI members can read the rest of this feature and all of the online version of the May issue now. 


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.  


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.


Town of Zionsville, In.
For: Downtown Market Study & Parking Analysis


Central Atlanta Progress
For: Downtown Atlanta Parking Assessment


The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
For: Power Cleaning of Parking Garage


Kennesaw State University, Ga.
For: Parking Deck Maintenance and Cleaning


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!


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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:


Treasure Island looking for downtown parking solution


Tesla Motors to install chargers in Normal parking deck


Parking spot patio pilot up for expansion in Ontario


Bad Edinburgh parking shamed on website


Columbus suggests increasing downtown parking tickets, event parking


It's a bridge, it's a garage, it's, it's ...


Cocoa Beach leaders hang up on downtown phone-parking plan 


State of the States

PIPTAlogo The Pacific Intermountain Parking & Transportation Association (PIPTA)  is proud to announce the dates for this year's PIPTA conference held in Eugene, Oregon at the Hilton Convention Center on July 14th-16th. Be sure to mark your calendar! Come early or extend your stay. Eugene and the surrounding area offers a plethora of things to do and see:


Pacific Ocean to the Cascade Mountains--hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking, fishing


Thirsty? Park it in the heart of Eugene wine country, home of the Pinot grape, with dozens of local wineries nearby. Or for those not so fond of grapes there are hoppier beverages to quench your thirst at Eugene area craft breweries.


And what's a trip to Eugene without making it to the renowned Oregon Country Fair- leave your shoes at home; channel your inner hippie and you will be sure to fit right in!


More information to follow as we come closer to this summer's most talked about regional conference--you do not want to miss out!  Also, keep an eye out for conference updates & sponsorship opportunities on our website at