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November 12, 2013 - Vol 5, Issue 23
In This Issue
Global Parking Survey Catches Eyes
IPI Supports Mexican Parking Industry
Smart Parking Alliance: Municipal Outreach Planned
Time Sensitive: Tools You Can Use to Get Positive Press on Holiday Parking
IPI's Next Webinar is Tomorrow: Parking Behaviors in a Smartphone Society
Free IPI Online ShopTalk: Positive Response for a Positive Program
Learn at Your Own Pace
The Parking Professional: Media Masters
Last Chance to 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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Global Parking Survey Catches Eyes
The results of the Global Parking Association Leaders (GPALs) Parking Survey have gained visibility through presentations by IPI leaders at state and regional meetings, and in Mexico, Finland, Canada, and beyond.  The survey, which was translated into five languages and taken by parking professionals in more than 13 countries, has also generated publicity in trade publications such as Buildings magazine, Government Buyer, EDC: The Magazine of the LEED Professional.  See the research presentation here, and the article that appeared in The Parking Professional here. See a list of all participating associations here, and welcome to the French Parking Association, GPALs' newest addition. A few new projects will soon be underway and the next meeting of GPALs will be June 1, 2014 in Dallas in conjunction with the 2014 IPI Conference & Expo.  


IPI Supports Mexican Parking Industry

2013 IPI International Parking Conference - Mexico


On Oct. 28 and 29, more than 100 participants convened in Mexico City to Re-Think Parking. Eighteen exhibiting companies vied for attendees' attention in between key topics of discussion including why Parking Matters®, parking trends and technology, operations, and on-street parking management. A vibrant and collaborative roundtable ended the official programming and a tour of the Antara Fashion Mall in Polanco proved it to have the cleanest underground parking facility some of us had ever experienced! IPI would like to thank our six Alliance Partners for their support in making our third Latin American-focused conference another success. Our sponsors were: Platinum: Toledo Ticket Company; Gold: 3M Mexico, Digital Printing Systems, HUB Parking Technology; and, Silver: CI Boletos SA de CV, Magnetic Automation Corp. 


Smart Parking Alliance: Municipal Outreach Planned

2014 is gearing up to be the year of IPI's Smart Parking Alliance (SPA), a committee of companies providing equipment, products, and services to the parking industry working in tandem to support the Parking Matters® program.  Those who are signed up will get the full scoop -- and learn of volunteer opportunities -- in a new, dedicated SPA newsletter due out next month. A major project in the works, and headed by Co-chairs David Cummins, Xerox and Laurens Eckelboom, Parkmobile International, is a market research study among city managers and decision makers to be conducted in collaboration with American City and County magazine. If the municipality sector is important to you, mark your calendars now for a first-ever municipality pre-conference of the 2014 IPI Conference & Expo in Dallas to be held Sunday, June 1. More soon.  


Time Sensitive: Tools You Can Use to Get Positive Press on Holiday Parking

Want to get a template news release with tips for holiday parking that you can send to your local media? It's IPI's annual consumer news release, and we've tailored it (for members only) and made it easy for you to insert the name of your organization, city, or association. We're even providing a link to a service you can use to acquire a ready-to-go media list (nominal cost, based on number of media listings, which you can pare down or up at your discretion). Interested? Send an email to Jean Miller and she'll be sure you're on the distribution list. 

IPI's Next Webinar is Tomorrow: 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 certifications 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.

Learn at Your Own Pace

Online learning offers the opportunities to gain knowledge and education at your own pace and at your convenience. Today's fast-paced world has numerous and varied challenges and commitments. Offering the option to complete courses on your own schedule is valuable and important.  Continuous learning will assist in keeping much-needed professional industry knowledge current, relevant, and at the forefront of your mind. IPI is here to help you and your staff remain competitive by offering online courses and training. 


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

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


Twenty-five years ago, I was studying to receive my bachelor's degree in broadcasting from Eastern Kentucky University, and all I thought about was producing music videos. That was back in the '80s, when MTV was in its heyday; I also had a lot more hair and played bass in a Christian rock band. I never dreamed of being in front of the camera, and certainly never dreamed of being a parking professional.


Fast-forward to January 2008: I was attending IPI's Certified Administrator of Public Parking (CAPP) two-day seminar called, "You're On!-How the Media Gets Your Message," and was just as nervous as the rest of the class. Doing mock interviews in front of a TV camera with a very bright light in my face or being grilled about a make-believe parking facility disaster in a mock radio interview wasn't easy, but it was great practice! Little did I know that only months later, I would be asked difficult questions by local reporters when we rolled out the LEXPARK program, which included not only new technology but a 400 percent rate increase for on-street parking in Lexington, Ky.


To see how it all turned out, read the rest of article by Gary Means, CAPP, and the entire November issue of The Parking Professional.
Last Chance to Reach More Than 5,000 Potential Customers

Don't miss out! The IPI 2014 Parking Buyers Guide & Consultants Directory is today's ultimate parking industry resource, showcasing your business to more than 5,000 potential customers.


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 competitors get the edge! 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 your listing. Expand the power of your reach today:


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


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.


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


Parking a Lamborghini at a Sky Garage in Singapore


Bradley International Airport adds parking programs for frequent fliers


Watch Chinatown's New Robot Parking Garage in Action


City parking authority invites students to paint art district's meters


Would golf fly on top of Minneapolis parking ramp?


Parking cashback scheme aims to boost trade


CSU proposes two large parking garages south of Prospect Road  


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)