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August 6, 2013 - Vol 5, Issue 16
In This Issue
IPI News Release May Help Save Lives
Volunteer to Serve on an IPI Committee - Deadline Tomorrow, July 24
Parking Matters to Airport Executives
Re-Think Parking: Profit from New Ideas, new Revenue Sources, & New Technology
Still Time to Register for Parking CARES Symposium
Food Truck Wars Webinar is Tomorrow!
New Parking Jobs Posted
The Park(ing) Professional: September 20 is a Day for Transformation
New RFPs Posted
August Online ShopTalk: Airport Parking
Learn from Your Peers at the Parking Matters Blog
Industry Headlines - From IPI's Social Media
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IPI Membership Benefits 101 Webinar
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2013 The Parking Professional Photo Contest Opens
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Have an eye for the beautiful? Catch something funny with your iPhone camera? Have a co-worker with a dazzling smile every day? It's time for the second annual The Parking Professional photo contest. If you have a great shot of a person, animal, facility, or funny car, we want to see it!


We're looking for photos in the following categories:

- Beautiful

- Funny

- People in Parking

- Structure/Lot

- Nature

- Most Offbeat or Unusual


All photos will be entered into the competition for Best in Show--the winner in that category wins a free registration to the 2014 IPI Conference & Expo, June 1-4 in Dallas. Individual category winners get to outfit themselves with gift certificates to the Shop IPI store.


Amateur photographers only, please. Click here for more information and to enter.


IPI Welcomes Kathleen Federici, M.Ed.

Kathleen Federici IPI is very pleased to announce the addition of Kathleen Federici, M.Ed, to our team as director of professional development. Kathleen is currently in a leadership role as Commissioner with the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.  She brings 20 years of training and education experience to benefit IPI and its members, and will be instrumental in developing, providing direction to, and overseeing all of IPI's educational programming.


Parking Matters® to Airport Executives

As part of the Parking Matters® initiative, IPI provided a feature article about reserved parking at airports to the June/July issue of Airport Magazine. The magazine is the official publication of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and is distributed to 20,000 readers, reaching 850 airports. Featured in the article are Liliana Rambo, CAPP, IPI chair, (Houston Airports); Rick Decker, CAPP, IPI board member (Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport), and John Schmid, CEO of Propark America and Canopy Airport Parking (Denver) and chairman of the Green Parking Council, an affiliate of IPI. The article, "That's My Space! Airports embrace reserved parking for customers, increasing loyalty, boosting revenue, and easing parking area management and operations," is IPI's first collaborative project with AAAE. Read the article here.   
Re-Think Parking:  Profit from New Ideas, New Revenue Sources, and New Technology

IPI Mexico logo The IPI 2013 International Parking Conference will be held in Mexico City, October 28-29.  Presented in Spanish with simultaneous English translation, the conference will include educational sessions, roundtable discussions, exhibits, networking, a facilities tour, and more. No matter your specialty, the IPI 2013 International Parking Conference showcases the newest tools, advanced technologies, sustainable solutions, and leading experts in parking and transportation to help you tap into innovations that are revolutionizing parking and contributing to a new vision for smart cities. Click here for more information.


Haahs Nomination Confirmed

Tim HaahsThe U.S. Senate this week confirmed President Barack Obama's nomination of Timothy Haahs, PE, AIA, to the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences. President and CEO of Timothy Haahs and Associates, Haahs was a longtime IPI Board member and is co-chair of its Consultants Committee. The recipient of numerous architecture and engineering awards, Haahs and his firm are well-known in the parking industry.


The Institute Board is comprised of 21 members: six are appointed by the President of the United States to represent the public interest, and 15 are elected. Haahs' term runs until Sept. 7, 2014.


Court Victory for Small Ticket Debit Charges 

The Durbin amendment (see the June 2012 The Parking Professional) required the Federal Reserve to determine "reasonable and proportional" debit card fees. The statutory language requires the Federal Reserve to look at the comparison between debit transactions and paper checks, which clear at par (face value). The Federal Reserve issued a proposed rule that contemplated a 7 to 12 cent range for the "reasonable and proportional" standard; however, in their final rule they increased that amount to 21 cents + five basis points of the sale.  


On July 31, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of a group of merchants who challenged the Federal Reserve claiming it did not follow the intent of Congress and the Durbin amendment statutory language in its final rulemaking on debit swipe fees. In the opinion, the court says, "the interchange transaction fee and network non-exclusivity regulations are fundamentally deficient. It appears that the Board completely misunderstood the Durbin Amendment's statutory directive and interpreted the law in ways that were clearly foreclosed by Congress." 


There will likely be an appeals process, but we are hopeful that in the long run the Federal Reserve will have to re-issue a final rule that adheres to the law and requires truly reasonable and proportional debit fees on all transactions, especially small ticket. IPI will continue its work with the Merchants Payments Coalition on this issue, and its fight against unfair credit card fees and working toward a more competitive and transparent card systems that works better for consumers and merchants alike. 


IPI's Next Webinar: ADA and Parking
Nobody wants to be the parking professional who's known for all the broken equipment on his lot. Nobody wants to be the one whose exit booths are inadequately staffed after a big event. And nobody--but nobody--wants to be the person in charge of the parking that racked up all the ADA violations. That's all well and good, but few regulations are as confusing and have as many potential potholes as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It's an integral part of every parking operation, from design to enforcement, but as seen by recent traffic on the C-PARK L listserv, there are still more questions than answers out there. 


It's time to blow away the fog and take a clean look at ADA and parking. Join moderator Doug Holmes, CAPP, founder of C-PARK L, and panelists Linda Kauffman, Bill Kavanagh, AIA, NCARB, and Teresa Trussell, CAPP, for an information-packed presentation on ADA's political challenges in municipal parking, common mistakes that trigger non-compliance, and recent changes that affect old and new spaces.



W. Douglas Holmes, CAPP, Founder C-PARK L



Linda Kauffman, Retired

Bill Kavanagh, AIA, NCARB, Director of Parking Design, The Harman Group, Inc.

Teresa Trussell, CAPP, Parking Operations Supervisor, Ohio University


August 21, 2013 2:00 p.m. EDT/ 11:00 a.m. PDT (60 minutes)

$35 IPI Members

$50 Non-Members


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.


New Parking Jobs Posted
The Park(ing) Professional: September 20 is a Day for Transformation

The August issue of The Parking Professional explains the purpose and highlights the creativity of Park(ing) Day and touches on other issues affecting the parking industry in the following articles:


August TPP cover 2013 Park Your Park Here

Park(ing) Day transforms on-street parking spaces into parks for one day each year, and city parking departments are embracing it.



How a communications strategy proved vital to parking success during a long-term construction project.


It's Academic

An undergraduate planning student takes on a parking study project with surprising results.


Who's in Charge?

Partnerships prove key to event parking success.


Defending the Enforcement Officer

Minimizing workplace conflicts through organizational strategy.


Behind the Curtain

What to learn to become your organization's lighting wizard.


Dialing and Thriving

Two years after its introduction, pay-by-cell enjoys tremendous success in Washington, D.C.


IPI members can read the online version of the August issue now. 

Questions, comments, or thoughts about The Parking Professional? Share them with editor Kim Fernandez.


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.


Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
For: Cashless Payment


Albany Parking Authority
For: Parking Garage General Contractor


City of Urbana, Ill.
For: Parking Deck Assessment, Rehabilitation, and Maintenance Program


City of St. Louis
For: Parking Deck Repairs


City of Pittsfield, Mass.
For: Downtown Parking Management Plan


City of Champaign, Ill.
For: Parking Deck 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!


August Airport Online ShopTalk: When Do Customers Need Parking Information?

August's Online ShopTalk will provide an opportunity for IPI members working at airports to share ideas on how to increase parking usage by reaching our target audience as they make the decision where to park when they catch a flight. Participants will be asked to share their experiences. Contact info of all participants will be sent to all registrants to allow for further offline networking.


Moderator: Rick Decker, CAPP, assistant manager, parking operations, Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport


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


Wednesday, August 28 at 2:00 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.


Learn from Your Peers at the Parking Matters® Blog

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  • Free Parking Downtown? It All Depends by Dave Feehan
  • Finding Lost Things by Wanda Brown
  • Saving Lives of Children in Parked Cars by Helen Sullivan
  • Park(ing) Goes Trendy 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? Join us on Twitter, FacebookLinkedIn, and the Parking Matters® Blog. Here are just a few examples of the stories you may have missed:


Imagining A Future City Filled With Driverless Cars And Without Any Parking Spaces


Who Stole the Green Wall? Louisville Mayor Seeks Rogue Landscaper


IPI is supporting National #Heatstroke Prevention Day by tweeting info on heatstroke each hour! Read our latest blog


RT @AAASafety: This year, 24 children have died because they were left inside a vehicle. #heatstroke


Did u know? In more than 29% of cases, kids got into vehicles on their own. Where's Baby? Look before you lock! #heatstroke


L.A. to stop issuing tickets for parking at broken meters


Study tackles downtown Huntington parking


Prototype vehicle makes parallel parking easy (video)


More Common Overseas, Automated Parking Garages Are Popping Up in the US


Take a walk around Z-shaped parking garage and retail development in downtown Detroit 


Save the Date: Green Parking Council Salon at BMWi Ventures

Join the Green Parking Council (GPC), an affiliate of IPI, on Tuesday, September 17 at 7 p.m. in New York, N.Y., for the latest Green Parking Council NYC Innovation Salon. This year's salon explores the actual and aspirational sides of sustainability and the green garage.  Presenters will explore the parking garage in the built and natural environment, from parking as placemaking to next-generation public EV charging, to accelerating adoption of high-performance, energy-efficient lighting.

GPC salons continue to foster innovation and celebrate leadership in the ways parking structures and spaces are created, managed, used, and ultimately incorporated into the fabric of city life. For more information and to RSVP, email Betsy Way.


Free IPI Membership Benefits 101 Webinar

IPI will host a free webinar on Thursday, August 15 at 2:00 p.m. EST to provide current and prospective IPI members with an overview of the many available membership benefits. Participants will learn how to access the online benefits on the IPI website and how to take advantage of many other IPI programs and services. Participants will also have time to ask questions.

T.J. Cantwell, IPI membership director
Thursday, August 15 at 2:00 p.m. EDT /11:00 p.m. PDT (60 minutes)