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October 29, 2013 - Vol 5, Issue 22
In This Issue
Last Chance to Enter The Parking Professional Photo Contest
IPI and GPC Boards Meet in San Diego
IPI's October Webinar: Electric Vehicles
IPI's November Webinar: Parking Behaviors in a Smartphone Society
Free IPI Online ShopTalk: Positive Response for a Positive Program
Don't Reinvent the Wheel - Sample RFPs Now Available
Take a Course Anywhere at Any Time!
The Parking Professional: Media Masters
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
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Last Chance to Enter The Parking Professional Photo Contest!
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You have only three days left to get 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.


See last year's winners on Pinterest. Amateur photographers only, please. Click here for more information and to enter. Deadline is October 31.


IPI and GPC Boards Meet in San Diego

The International Parking Institute (IPI) Board of Directors and the Green Parking Council (GPC) Board of Directors' held side by side and conjoined Board meetings earlier this month in San Diego. The meeting was the first between the boards since GPC's affiliation in May.


Members of the boards had the opportunity to meet their counterparts and learn about the many activities each organization is undertaking. Most importantly synergies were identified that IPI and GPC can leverage by utilizing the unique expertise and focus of their members and stakeholders.


The enthusiasm and energy at the meeting was palpable. Many shared goals and a long list of projects were discussed, and several collaborative efforts will be announced soon.


IPI's October Webinar: Electric Vehicles

Vehicle electrification has been a major goal of the Obama administration, as it reduces America's reliance on foreign oil imports, improves urban air quality and eliminates a significant source of carbon pollution. Today, America is the world's largest EV market and strong growth in the U.S. EV sector will have important implications for the International Parking Institute (IPI) and its members in the decades to come. In this webinar, Dr. Tillemann will brief IPI members on the current state of the U.S. EV market and explore ways in which members can prepare for and help facilitate the electrification of America's cars.


After participating in this webinar you will be able to:

  1. Learn policy and industry trends driving this transportation revolution.
  2. Understand DOE efforts to help parking professionals prepare for EV deployment.
  3. Learn how you can join DOE's EV Everywhere grand challenge.


Levi Tillemann, Ph.D., MA

Special Advisor for Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy


Thursday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m. EDT/ 11:00 a.m. PDT (60 minutes)

$35.00 for IPI members

$50.00 for 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.  


IPI's November Webinar: Parking Behaviors in a Smartphone Society

This webinar explores how the rise of smartphones and other mobile devices is changing consumer behavior and expectations around parking, and discusses ways parking professionals can use mobile technology to meet these evolving needs. Most importantly, it discusses how mobile solutions connect to your organization's specific strategic objectives. It will give you the knowledge to decide which types of mobile technology make sense for your organization, and which don't.


After participating in this webinar you will be able to:

  1. Understand the effect of mobile technology on consumer parking behaviors.
  2. Evaluate mobile parking solutions as they relate to your organization's needs and objectives.
  3. Incorporate mobile-based initiatives and opportunities into your organizational strategy.


Instructor: Alexander Israel, COO, ParkMe


Wednesday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m. EST/ 11:00 a.m. PST (60 minutes)

$35.00 for IPI members

$50.00 for 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.  


Free IPI Online ShopTalk: Positive Response for a Positive
Program -- Meter Resetting

Join your fellow IPI members for this free informative discussion on instituting a meter resetting program. The roundtable discussion will begin with a presentation on the recent experience of the City of Santa Monica, from deciding to start resetting meters to dealing with the response from citizens. 


Frank Ching, city parking administrator for the City of Santa Monica, will explain how good coordination and communication can help create a positive response for a positive program. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences, concerns, and questions.


Thursday, November 14 at 2:00 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST


Register today!


Online ShopTalks are open to IPI members only.

Don't Reinvent the Wheel! Sample RFPs Now Available

You asked, we listened. As a new member benefit, IPI has created a repository for sample Request for Proposals (RFPs). These sample RFPs are meant to assist members by allowing them to see old RFPs for a variety of services and products. The repository includes RFPs in areas such as:


  • Parking Management, Enforcement and Operation
  • Parking Access and Revenue Control Systems
  • Parking Maintenance
  • Parking Meters
  • Parking Consulting/Analysis


More examples will be added in the future. IPI members can access the sample RFPs here. This is a member service; IPI does not warranty any of the samples. 

Take a Course Anywhere at Any Time!

Online learning is convenient and cost-effective. Online education is gaining popularity in today's fast-paced world. Access your training anywhere at any time for six months from the date of purchase as long as you have internet access. IPI self-paced courses include On-Street Parking, Technology Trends in Parking, Parking Enforcement, Customer Service and Conflict Resolution.   


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 certificates upon completion.


Train your entire staff at a discount. IPI offers special pricing for bulk order purchases of more than five courses. Contact Lauri Chudoba to learn more.


Learn more and register for one or all of the online courses and training here.


The Parking Professional: Media Masters

The November issue of The Parking Professional introduces you to municipal parking professionals from cities and towns throughout the U.S., all of whom grapple with change as part of their daily routine. 

Media Masters 
How one municipality used its lessons on dealing with the media to ensure positive coverage in the papers.

Overnight Options 
Seattle's pre-paid meter parking program keeps drunk drivers off the road and makes mornings a little easier for everyone.

The Ties that Bind 
When it comes to parking, cities face common challenges and opportunities.

Minimum Efforts 
How a city successfully addressed minimum parking requirements for multifamily properties.

Car Sharing at a Mile High 
Denver tweaks its parking system to encourage car sharing with great results.

Let the Sun Shine 
Solar options for municipality-owned parking facilities.

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

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 professionals in municipalities, airports, hospitals, universities and colleges, sports complexes, and more use it to find the products and services they need. Your competitors are in this Guide and you should be, too. Get in front of your customers all year long with this one-stop resource. Act now to reserve your ad or enhance your 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.


Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
For: Ground Transportation Management System 


City of Tucson, Ariz.

For: On-Street Parking Meters and Parking Citation System


City of Tucson, Ariz.

For: Parking Garage Access and Revenue Control System


City of Seattle, Wash.
For: Parking Pay Station Replacement/Retrofit


Indiana Finance Authority
For: Development of Parking Amenities & Management and Operation of Facilities


City of St. Louis Treasurer's Office
For: Integrated Parking Management 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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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, Pinterest and the Parking Matters® Blog. Here are just a few examples of the stories you may have missed:


Why Drivers Should Pay to Park on Residential Streets via @AtlanticCities


Did You Get Snapping Yet? Only a week left to enter The Parking Professional Photo Contest


Garage considered as a fix for University problems with parking


New Database Lists Number of Empty Spaces in Bethesda Garage 57


New parking art adds fun to a colorful neighborhood in Houston


Viking 'Parliament' Discovered Beneath Parking Lot in Scotland


Parking is an issue, but London Ontario fares well in municipal survey


Glenwood's Downtown Parking Perks deemed a success


The Quest for Smarter Parking in Richmond


City to pay Magic $1.7M to add conference space downtown 


Free IPI Membership Benefits 101 Webinar

IPI will host a free webinar on Thursday, Nov. 21 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, November 21 at 2:00 p.m. EST /11:00 p.m. PST (60 minutes)