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June 11, 2013 - Vol 5, Issue 12
In This Issue
Tonight at 10 P.M. EDT: Future of Parking Featured on Travel Channel
Survey Says: These 12 Cities Top List for Parking Innovation
GPALS -- Parking Association Leaders to Meet in Ireland
Call for Volunteers Coming Soon!
The Parking Professional: The Boston Marathon Bombings and Recognizing the Best in the Parking Industry
New Parking Jobs Posted
New RFPs Posted
Learn from Your Peers at the Parking Matters Blog
Industry Headlines - From IPI's Social Media
Get Your News Published in the IPI Parking NewsLink
State of the States
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Tonight at 10 P.M. EDT: Future of Parking Featured on Travel Channel

Travel Channel

The final segment of the Travel Channel's three-part Extreme Parking series will air tonight at 10 p.m. EDT. Featured tonight will be IPI Immediate Past Chair Casey Jones, CAPP, talking about the latest innovations in parking. A rough-cut preview of the segment was shown at the IPI Conference & Expo in Fort Lauderdale last month. 


Don't miss this episode! Click here to find your local Travel Channel station.


Survey Says: These 12 Cities Top List for Parking Innovation
2013 Emerging Trends cover We asked parking professionals to identify cities in the U.S. that are forward-thinking and innovative when it comes to parking as part of IPI's 2013 Emerging Trends in Parking Survey. "What was notable," explains Shawn Conrad, CAE, IPI executive director, "is that many cities were named. There are new technologies and progressive approaches to parking being used in cities of all sizes." See the survey report, including summaries of the parking programs in the top 12 cities. The survey report also includes charts on questions related to top trends, sustainable solutions, and more. Download the survey report free here.


GPALS -- Parking Association Leaders to Meet in Ireland

GPALS DublinA meeting of the Global Parking Associations Leadership Summit (GPALS) is set for September 11, at the EPA Congress in Dublin, Ireland. In the next week, participants will receive a draft to review of an International Parking Trends Survey, which individual GPAL participants can distribute within their own countries or regions. Results, analyzed by country and then as a whole, will be shared at the meeting in Ireland. Learn more about GPALs hereRegister for the meeting in Ireland here.


Call for Volunteers Coming Soon!

Volunteers are the heart of IPI's work. We couldn't produce the exceptional conference experiences, vibrant parking and transportation community, or essential tools that we all value without the contributions of their time, talent, and expertise. Every effort has the potential to enrich each of us and benefit other IPI members.


Opportunities exist at varying levels of engagement. We need your skills, excitement, and diverse perspectives to lead our community and build the most vibrant, inclusive, and innovative corps of volunteer leaders. Contribute to the future of parking by volunteering on an IPI committee. The opportunity to participate will be announced next week.

The Parking Professional: The Boston Marathon Bombings and Recognizing the Best in the Parking Industry 

The June issue features an in-depth and personal take on the recent Boston Marathon bombings and its effect on parking in the aftermath. It also showcases some of the most innovative facilities in the world -- the winners of the 2013 IPI Awards of Excellence -- and the people who do amazing job day in and day out -- the winners of IPI' 2013 Professional Recognition Program awards. The stories in this issue are inspiring and should be shared with your staff.    


June TPP 2013 In the Blink of an Eye
Parking and the Boston Marathon bombings.


Outstanding Accomplishments
See the winners of the 2013 IPI Awards of Excellence.


The Parking Dream Team
IPI recognizes the best and brightest with the Professional Recognition Program.


Hands Free Heaven
The latest advances in driverless vehicles raise as many questions as they answer.


Find It, Fix It, then Raise the Bar
Could poor administrative performance be the result of poor skills match?


Maximizing Change, Minimizing Pain
How a garage underwent an update and upgrade without inconveniencing its customers.


Greener Pastures
IPI and the Green Parking Council sign affiliate agreement.


Questions, comments, or thoughts about The Parking Professional? Share them with Kim Fernandez, editor, The Parking Professional at  
IPI members can read the rest of this feature and all of the online version of the June issue now.  


New Parking Jobs Posted
New RFPs Posted
RFP crop
These are the latest parking RFPs available at the IPI RFP Portal. Access to complete RFP details is a benefit of IPI membership.


City of San Rafael, Calif.

For: Credit Card Capable Parking Meters, Parking Sensors, & Data Management System


City of Columbia, S.C.
For: Update Parking Master Plan


City of Buffalo, N.Y.
For: Single Space Meters


City of Sacramento, Calif.
For: Single-Space Parking Meters and Related Services


City of Tucson, Ariz.
For: Parking Management


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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  • Parking Goes to Summer Camp by Jeff Petry
  • Getting Right Already by Brett Wood, CAPP, PE
  • Parking and Surgeons by Isaiah Mouw, CAPP
  • Extra Extra, Read All About It by Helen Sullivan
  • Game Changers by Kim Fernandez  

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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:


IPI Past Chair Casey Jones interviewed on the future of parking on Toronto (audio)


Parking by Gender? Mayor in Germany Stirs Up Controversy on Extreme Parking http;//


DC's BikeStation -- Extreme Parking series on @travelchannel


Parking RFPs posted for City of Columbia and Sacramento


After 39 years, PTS Director Bob Baker will retire from University of Minnesota


Audi adds live parking information to cars with Connect service


90 Central Parking Deck renovation earns award


Hampshire Council chiefs need to rethink car parking policy, say traders and councillors


Spokane parking meters to accept plastic


Don't miss the future of parking tonight on @travelchannel Extreme Parking


Get Your News Published in the IPI Parking NewsLink
NewsLink IPI will post a link to member's unedited news releases in the special Parking NewsLink section of our website. News about parking people, promotions, product launches, awards, contracts, grants, openings, and mergers are all welcome.  From the home page at, just click on the Parking NewsLink icon and follow the prompts to submit your news. This is an effective way to boost visibility for your news and optimize internet search capability. Reading the news releases that appear on Parking NewsLink is also a great way to see what others in the industry (including your competition) are doing! 


State of the States

Texas ParkingThe Texas Parking and Transportation Association extend their appreciation and congratulations to the University of Texas at Austin and the Austin Host Committee. This year was another year of solid educational sessions, great atmosphere for networking and the spectacular view of the Austin Capitol, plus the beautiful campus. The tradeshow floor was the place to be, with 35 vendors showing the latest techniques and updates on how they could serve the parking industry customers. As we all know, our vendors are the best and we especially thank them for their continuous support of our association, their customers and the service they provide. In honor of their constant support, we thank all our vendors and sponsors for their participation in the 2013 TPTA Conference & Tradeshow. Read more...