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October 1, 2013 - Vol 5, Issue 20
In This Issue
Last Day to Submit to be a Speaker at the World's Largest Parking Conference
Where's IPI?
IPI's 2014 Conference & Expo - Expo Hall 50 Precent Sold!
The Parking Professional Photo Contest Deadline is October 31!
Q&A Transcript From Snow and Ice Management Webinar
Learn at Your Desk with IPI's Online Courses & Training
Exhibit Space Limited for the IPI International Parking Conference in Mexico City, Mexico
The Parking Professional: Parking's Future
Reach More Than 5,000 Potential Customers
New Parking Jobs Posted
New RFPs Posted
Learn from Your Peers at the Parking Matters Blog
Industry Headlines - From IPI's Social Media
IPI Membership Benefits 101 Webinar
IPI Links


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Last Day to Submit to be a Speaker at the World's Largest Parking Conference

Conference logo 2014 If you are an experienced and articulate individual willing to share your expertise and real-world practices, you are invited to submit a speaking proposal for the 2014 IPI Conference & Expo -- but you must do so by today! If you can deliver a presentation that illustrates a case study, illuminates important issues, brings how-to knowledge, or increases the professionalism of your peers, be sure to submit a proposal and help further the education of the parking industry by Oct. 1. The International Parking Institute (IPI) Conference & Expo, June 1-4 in Dallas, is the world's largest parking industry event, with 2,700+ attendees, 200+ exhibitors, and 60+ educational opportunities.


For more information and to submit your proposal.

Contact IPI Deputy Director Henry Wallmeyer or 540.371.7535 with questions. We look forward to your proposal!

Where's IPI?

Be sure to look for IPI leaders and staff at events in October. We won't hide like Waldo (or dress as badly), but we'll  be out there--find us, say hello, and give us your thoughts, comments, and insights on what is happening with the parking industry and how IPI can play a part. IPI Executive Director Shawn Conrad, CAE, and Deputy Director Henry Wallmeyer will be at the following IPI Allied State and Regional Association conferences presenting on IPI and the trends and future of parking:


Pennsylvania Parking Association/New Jersey Parking Institute Annual Conference, Oct. 2-4 
IPI Board of Directors and Green Parking Council Board of Directors meeting, Oct. 17-18
Be sure to also look for presentations from IPI's Sustainability and Technology Committees at these meetings. 
IPI's 2014 Conference & Expo - Expo Hall 50 Percent Sold!

Conference logo 2014After just two days of pre-registration for IPI preferred exhibitors, the 2014 Expo floor plan is already 50 percent sold.  The 2014 IPI Conference & Expo, June 1-4 will be held in Dallas, with more than 2,700 professionals from around the globe gathering for networking, education, and the largest trade show in the parking industry.  Historically, IPI's hotel blocks and floor sells out months in advance, so reserve your spot today! Check our website often for updates and more information -


The Parking Professional Photo Contest Deadline is October 31!
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There is less than a month left to have your amazing parking picture recognized by your peers. It's time to submit your photo to 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.


Q&A Transcript from Snow and Ice Management Webinar

Phill Sexton, director of education & outreach for the Snow & Ice Management Association, Inc., delivered IPI's Sept. 18 webinar on practices for managing snow and ice. Here is part of the question and answer transcript from the webinar:


What are some strategies for enforcing restricted parking areas such as fire lanes when markers are obscured by snow?


The simplest strategy I've experienced, particularly for areas with heavier snow season, is to install traffic cones when snow is forecasted. They both allow you to see the area and also warn people not to park there. Once you have achieved clear conditions, remove the cones until the next storm. The challenge will be getting people to obey and who sometimes decide to remove the cones. This happens even when it doesn't snow unfortunately.


Access the archived version of the webinar here and IPI members can read the full Q&A transcript here.


Learn at Your Desk with IPI's Online Courses & Training
Training your parking staff just got a whole lot easier. Five new parking-focused online training courses are now available. The self-paced courses take between 60 to 90 minutes to complete and are priced between $49 and $69 for members, and $69 and $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.

Learn more and register for one or all of the online courses and training here.
For organizations wishing to train entire staffs, vouchers for free courses are available. For more information, contact Lauri Chudoba 


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 competitors) for the 2013 IPI International Parking Conference in Mexico City, Mexico, Oct. 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.
The Parking Professional: Parking's Future

The October issue of The Parking Professional offers great articles and columns on parking architecture, design, and the future of parking. Be sure to check out the entire magazine, including these features:


Dispensing the Future

A pair of Boston architects designs a space-age garage based on a Pez dispenser, and finds the future may arrive faster than they thought.


The Future of Parking Design

Creative, innovative, and sustainable parking, and how it will enhance growing cities.


Parking Reform Made Easy

Professor and author Richard Willson on why parking minimums do more to harm livability than help it, and how reform can start.


Gorgeous Green

A mixed-use building combines office, retail, restaurant, parking, and a great green wall to become an integral part of its community.


Open Possibilities

Castellated beams provide new possibilities in parking facility design.


From the Ground Down

As stormwater runoff becomes a major concern, a range of permeable pavements offers an attractive alternative to standard solutions.


Common Ground

Results of the first-ever global parking industry survey underscore the value of collaboration.


IPI members can read the October issue here.

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

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:


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


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.


City of Inglewood, Calif.

For: Parking Enforcement and Parking Meter Operations Management Services


City of Coralville, Iowa
For: Parking Access and Revenue Control System (PARCS)


City of Eugene, Ore.
For: Parking Management Services


University of Virginia
For: Public Bikeshare System


City of Bangor, Maine
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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  • Are You Ready to "Ignite" and Inspire? by Henry Wallmeyer
  • IPI Shows off Park(ing) Day Spirit by Kim Fernandez
  • WikiLots by Mark Wright
  • Open Dialogue on TDM by Casey Jones, CAPP

Join the conversation and sign up for free.


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:


First Global Parking Industry Survey Reveals Technology is Transforming How We Park Around the World


Casey Trees, City Prepare for (PARK)ing Day


More than 20 parking spaces in the District of Columbia are being turned into temporary parks today


Technology is Transforming How We Park Around the World


Affordable online training for parking professionals is here! Enforcement, Customer Service, Technology and more


Lynchburg operates fourth paid parking lot on trial basis


New RFPs posted for Parking Mgmt Services and Bike Sharing


Parking attendants keep things moving during campus events


Parking garage planned for Uptown Butte; 3 sites proposed


Sorry, Valets: The Automated Parking Garage is Coming via @PopMech


Bethlehem Parking Authority buys $945,000 of property for future South Side garage


Pittsburgh Parking Authority snapping license pics


Free IPI Membership Benefits 101 Webinar

IPI will host a free webinar on Thursday, Oct. 24 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, October 24 at 2:00 p.m. EDT /11:00 p.m. PDT (60 minutes)