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September 17, 2013 - Vol 5, Issue 19
In This Issue
IPI Launches New Online Training
GPALs Summit in Ireland: IPI Parking Trends Survey Goes Global
Parking Matters in Mass Transit Magazine
IPI Helps 1,000 Teens in Richmond, VA Park Better During AAA Event
Exhibit Space Limited for the IPI International Parking Conference in Mexico City, Mexico
Park(ing) Day is Friday
Nissan and Green Parking Council Offering Subsidy for Electric Vehicle Fast Charger Installation
IPI Webinar Wednesday: Best Practices for Managing Snow and Ice
Reach More Than 5,000 Potential Customers
The Parking Professional: Cracking Down
New Parking Jobs Posted
Are You Ready to Take your CAPP Test?
2014 IPI Exhibit Sales Open for Preferred Exhibitors on September 25 and 26
Calling All Shutterbugs!
New RFPs Posted
Learn from Your Peers at the Parking Matters Blog
Industry Headlines - From IPI's Social Media
IPI Membership Benefits 101 Webinar
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IPI Launches New Online Training
Training your parking staff just got a whole lot easier. Today, IPI launches the first five online training courses in what will be an expanding list of courses. The self-paced courses take between 60 to 90 minutes to complete and are priced between $49 and $69 for members; $69 to $89 for non-members. The courses include knowledge checks and quizzes and learners earn a certificate upon completion. Current online courses include conflict resolution, customer service, enforcement, parking technology, and on-street parking management. More courses are in the pipeline and will be available soon. Read the news release here. Go directly to the online courses and training center here.  For organizations wishing to train entire staffs, vouchers for free courses are available. For more information, contact Lauri Chudoba 


GPALs Summit in Ireland: IPI Parking Trends Survey Goes Global
International initiatives are hallmarks of IPI Chair Liliana Rambo's, CAPP, term, as evident in the leap IPI has taken with the Global Parking Association Leaders (GPALs) Summit. Established by IPI in 2012, GPALs Summit is an annual gathering of parking association leaders from around the world. The group's first collaborative project, a global parking study based on IPI's annual Emerging Trends in Parking Survey, was conducted this past summer among 13 participating countries with results that showed countries are more in sync on parking on many issues than might have been predicted. The results of the survey was discussed at a GPALs meeting held last week during the EPA Congress in Dublin, Ireland. Shawn Conrad, CAE, IPI executive director, led the meeting and former IPI Chair and board member Cindy Campbell presented the research, along with former Chair Casey Jones, CAPP. Learn more about GPALs, read a news release issued today, and download a pdf of survey results here. 

Parking Matters® in Mass Transit Magazine 

Parking Matters logo RegisteredWhat parking options and services should transit agencies consider to encourage the use of public transportation? That's the question asked by Mass Transit Magazine, read by more than 22,000 executives in the mass transit industry, and answered by IPI Chair Liliana Rambo, CAPP, and IPI members Dennis Burns, CAPP and Soumya Dey, PE. Read their answers here. 
IPI Helps 1,000 Teens in Richmond, VA Park Better During AAA Event

"Start your Engines" is the call to action for 1,000 teens who are participating in a special "I Drive" event today and tomorrow sponsored by AAA Mid-Atlantic and the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education. It's a highly-interactive driver education event held at the Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va. and airing live on CBS "Virginia This Morning" on Wednesday. For the first time, thanks to a joint project between the AAA organizations and IPI, teens will receive copies of How to Park: A Must-read Manual for Teen Drivers, developed as part of IPI's Parking Matters® initiative.

This informative guide can be downloaded here and also customized with your logo and distributed as part of a community relations effort to your constituents.  IPI member Mississippi State University did just that recently for incoming students. Contact Henry Wallmeyer for more information. 


Exhibit Space Limited for the IPI International Parking Conference in Mexico City, Mexico

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The exhibit floor is half sold out!  Be sure to join us (and your competito
rs) for the 2013 IPI International Parking Conference in Mexico City, Mexico, October 28 and 29. The conference will focus on Re-thinking Parking: New Ideas, New Revenue Sources, and New Technology. Those interested in parking, transportation, government, and development in Latin American markets will be able to discover how new approaches to parking can boost revenue, reduce traffic, and create more livable cities. It's also an opportunity for suppliers to introduce innovative new parking products and services to a receptive market. The 2013 IPI International Parking Conference will be held at the beautiful Hilton Mexico City Reforma. Visit the conference website for more information, to register, and to reserve hotel rooms.  Hotel deadline for the group rate is October 9.
Park(ing) Day is Friday
Once a year, Park(ing) Day transforms on-street parking spaces into parks (See the August issue of The Parking Professional for more). This year, the International Parking Institute is joining the masses. On Friday, September 20, IPI will celebrate Park(ing) Day in Arlington, Va., where we'll transform a parking space into a welcoming park. We'll offer passers by the opportunity to sit down and enjoy the "greener" street and learn about parking and why Parking Matters®.  Follow IPI's social media outlets on Friday to see how ours and other Park(ing) Day events are going, and look for a follow up on the Parking Matters® Blog. If you are participating in Park(ing) Day, submit your photos to Kim Fernandez, editor, The Parking Professional, and keep an eye out for them in a future issue of the magazine. 
Nissan and Green Parking Council Offering Subsidy for Electric Vehicle Fast Charger Installation

Nissan and the Green Parking Council (GPC), an affiliate of the International Parking Institute, have teamed up to promote the expansion of DC - quick charging for electric vehicles.  The auto original equipment manufacturer and the sustainable parking evangelist are partnering to subsidize the price for parking owners and operators looking to take the lead on fast charging.  The commercialization of DC - quick charging, which allows a near-full charge in less than 30 minutes, has opened the door for this next-generation infrastructure.  Garages and lots open to the public and in busy locations are key targets for this opportunity.  For more information, contact Paul Wessel at  203.672.5889. This is a time-limited project, so please reach out ASAP.


IPI Webinar Wednesday: Best Practices for Managing Snow and Ice
It's hard to think about ice and snow when it's hot outside, but believe it or not, this is the best time to develop and/or evaluate a plan to deal with the white stuff. Managing snow is challenging, and finding the right plan for your operation and climate can be even more difficult. Learn all about snow and ice management best practices from the industry leaders--the Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA)--during this webinar.


Participants will be able to evaluate their snow and ice management plans, including: 

* Environmental health, safety, and risk management
* Estimating, planning, and cost effectiveness
* Execution and responsiveness
* Quality of service
* Communication, documentation, and verification
* Certification and standards of excellence
* Expertise and professionalism



Phill Sexton, Director of Education & Outreach, Snow & Ice Management Association, Inc.


Wednesday, September 21 at 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.


Reach More Than 5,000 Potential Customers

If your business is parking, showcase your company to more than 5,000 potential customers in today's ultimate, one-stop parking industry resource.


Expand your reach and drive your sales throughout the year with the 2014 IPI Parking Buyers Guide and Consultants Directory. Across the globe, parking professional in municipalities, airports, hospitals, universities and colleges, sports complexes, and more use it to find the products and services they need. Don't let your competition win! Get in front of your customers and stay there with this one-stop resource. If you're green and sustainable, there's no better place to let your customers know and leverage it. Act now to reserve your ad or enhance listing. Expand the power of your reach today: www.parking.org/bg.


Reserve your space by November 15, 2013 Contact Aisha Adams at 540.371.7535.


The Parking Professional: Cracking Down

In the September issue of The Parking Professional, Kim Fernandez takes a look at how researchers and cities are taking an interest in finding solutions for the skyrocketing abuse of disabled parking.


Monitor news about parking and you'll get an alert just about every day that has to do with the abuse of spaces reserved for those using disabled driver permits. It's no wonder: experts say that the dawn of affordable professional-quality home printing and scanning mean it's easier than ever to forge or alter permits. And an economy that continues to struggle makes free on-street parking for disabled drivers a hotter commodity than ever, which means more people are willing to risk penalties on the off-chance they're caught using an invalid permit. Parking industry members and governments aren't the only ones looking at the issue either; academia is taking a keen interest in disabled parking abuse as well.


IPI members can read the full article here as well as the rest of the September issue.
New Parking Jobs Posted
Are You Ready to Take Your CAPP Test?
On Monday, Sept. 30 and Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre in Indianapolis, Ind., IPI will hold the two-day CAPP seminar, Facility Design, Rehabilitation, and Maintenance. The hotel deadline has passed, but if you are interested in sitting for the CAPP exam, contact Lauri Chudoba. You can still try to make hotel reservations online at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre. Click for more information and to register.


2014 IPI Exhibit Sales Open for Preferred Exhibitors On September 25 and 26
IPI is currently contacting previous exhibitors so they can take advantage of their preferred status to get excellent floor space at the 2014 IPI Conference & Expo in Dallas. IPI's trade show floor typically sells 80 percent in the first two days of opening. If you are uncertain of your preferred vendor status, contact Bonnie Watts, CEM, vice president of sales, at 540-371-7535. 
Calling All Shutterbugs!
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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. Deadline is October 31.


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.


City of Bangor, Maine
For: Parking Management Services 


City of Hartford, Conn.

For: Fiscal and Economic Analysis of Existing and Future Parking Needs


City of Bellingham, Wash.
For: Parking Garage Facade Upgrade


Toronto Parking Authority

For:  Mobile Parking Payments


San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
For: Parking Access and Revenue Control System


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 the PGA by Frank L. Giles
  • Cheer, Cheer by Henry Wallmeyer
  • Johnny or Rudy: An Easy Coaching Decision by Casey Jones, CAPP
  • It's a Global (Parking) Village in Dublin This Week by Shawn Conrad, CAE
  • Copybooks for All by Rachel Yoka  

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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:


Experimental 'Armadillo' car folds up for easy parking http://ow.ly/oBrxW


United States Senate Confirms Timothy Haahs to NIBS Board of Directors http://ow.ly/oBAX3


IPI Chair Rambo, and members Burns, and Dey featured in Mass Transit Magazine http://ow.ly/oQiP1


Parking As Problem Solving: Green Parking Council 2013 NYC Innovation Salon. Register for free http://ow.ly/oQmEM


Calgary approves 338-stall automatic parking garage http://ow.ly/oQt8E


Muir Woods parking reservations considered to ease lot gridlock http://ow.ly/oQuqy


New Haven parking space turns into dining space http://ow.ly/oQysc


The Definitive Guide To Choosing A Parking Spot via @Jalopnik http://jalopnik.com/the-definitive-guide-to-choosing-a-parking-spot-1226649907


Deep Throat's Parking Garage (video) via @CNN http://ow.ly/oUXlr


Free IPI Membership Benefits 101 Webinar

IPI will host a free webinar on Thursday, September 19 at 2:00 p.m. EDT 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, September 19 at 2:00 p.m. EDT /11:00 p.m. PDT (60 minutes)
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