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December 10, 2013 - Vol 5, Issue 25
In This Issue
Save BIG on the Biggest Parking Event of 2014!
Turkey Day was Good News Parking Day
IPI's Next Webinar Tomorrow -- Automated Parking Guidance Systems: The Next Big Thing
Awards: A (Business-Boosting) Opportunity for Lighting Projects to Shine
New Parking Jobs Posted
The Parking Professional: Get the Greening the Lot Poster
IPI"s 2014 Awards of Excellence Competition Accepting Entries
Give the Gift of Learning this Holiday
New RFPs Posted
Free IPI Online ShopTalk: Experiences with Off-Airport Competition and Reservation Systems
Learn from Your Peers at the Parking Matters Blog
Industry Headlines - From IPI's Social Media
Happy Holidays from IPI!
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Save Big on the Biggest Parking Event of 2014!

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Experience the most up-to-date technology and innovations. Network with more than 2,700 of your peers and parking industry leaders. Capitalize on the best parking-specific education anywhere. Take advantage of advance registration rates when you register now for the 2014 IPI Parking Conference & Expo in Dallas, Texas, June 1-4. 


For more information and to register.


Turkey Day was Good News Parking Day

Adding to the family fun and festivities on Thanksgiving this year, the New York Times' Jaclyn Trop wrote a delicious article about parking apps and technology being used at shopping malls to make parking easier for patrons.


In addition to comments from IPI spokesperson Casey Jones, CAPP, numerous IPI members were mentioned, including ParkMe, Parkopedia, QuickPay, Standard Parking, ParkWhiz, and Parkmobile, all of whom talked about positive trends in parking. Read the article here. In addition, IPI's news release, Parking Experts Share Ten Tips for Finding the Perfect Spot this Holiday Seasongenerated coverage from media outlets around the country, with some stories still rolling in. 


IPI's Next Webinar Tomorrow--Automated Parking Guidance Systems: The Next Big Thing

Automated parking guidance systems promise to reduce carbon emissions, enhance customer service, and increase capacity. They can also help customers find their cars while allowing operators to charge different rates based on where the cars are parked.


This session will provide an overview of automated parking guidance systems, including benefits, challenges, where they've been installed, how they work, and how well they're working. It will look at current installations to gauge their success and future potential.


After participating in this webinar you will be able to:

  1. Understand the three basic types of parking guidance systems (facility, level, space).
  2. Learn how to use dynamic signage to communicate real-time information.
  3. Be exposed to creative uses of parking guidance systems technology. 


Instructor: Dan Kupferman, CAPP, director of car park management systems, Walker Parking Consultants


Wednesday, December 11 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.  


Awards: A Business-Boosting Opportunity for Lighting Projects to Shine

January 10, 2014 is the deadline for submissions to be recognized by the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign, a coalition of organizations that includes the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, the International Facility Managers Association (IFMA), the Green Parking Council, an affiliate of the International Parking Institute (IPI), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Lighting upgrades undertaken in both retrofit and new construction projects since January 2010 will be considered in 12 categories. Read more and get details on how to enter this competition. There are no fees to enter, all entrants will be recognized on the LEEP website, and 12 awards will be bestowed at the April 15-17 IFMA Facility Fusion Conference & Expo in Washington, D.C. What a perfect place to illuminate the importance of parking lighting.


New Parking Jobs Posted
The Parking Professional: Get the Greening the Lot Poster

It's an overcast day in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., but that doesn't stop dozens of parking professionals from boarding a shuttle bus to tour a recently upgraded sustainable parking operation. On the way, Green Parking Council (GPC) Executive Director Paul Wessel and Rachel Yoka, LEED AP BD+C, CPSM, vice president of strategic business planning and sustainability, Timothy Haahs & Associates, discuss the background of the Greening the Lot project. The brainchild of Brian McKelliget, City of Fort Lauderdale parking service manager, Wessel, and Yoka, Greening the Lot was hosted during the 2013 International Parking Institute (IPI) Conference & Expo by IPI, the GPC, the City of Fort Lauderdale, and Timothy Haahs & Associates.


Read the rest of this article and the December issue of The Parking Professional, download the Greening the Lot poster here, and learn how you can participate in 2014.


IPI's 2014 Awards of Excellence Competition Accepting Entries

The IPI Awards of Excellence recognize world-class parking design and program innovation. Nominations are accepted on an annual basis and judged by a select panel of judges from IPI's Awards of Excellence Committee, representing architects, parking consultants, and city, airport, and university officials. Winners will be honored at the 2014 IPI Conference & Expo in Dallas, Texas, June 1-4.


Submitted entries are restricted to parking facilities or programs completed or renovated since January 1, 2011. Awards will be presented in seven categories.


All rules, regulations, and judging criteria are listed in the official entry packet for each category. This year, there is a new streamlined submission process and all entries are accepted online only. For more information click here.


Deadline for entries is January 17, 2014.
Entry fee is $375 per submission for IPI members and $600 for non-members.


For questions regarding entries, please contact Lauri Chudoba at 540.371.7535 or


Give the Gift of Learning this Holiday

Are you looking for a quick training during the holidays as a gift to yourself or your staff, but want to avoid the hassle of holiday travel?  Register now and experience IPI's Online Courses & Training!  With an internet connection you can log into the courses from anywhere and save time and money, which is not easy to do this time of year.  It is easy to learn from the comfort of home, especially since there is no place like home for the holidays!  


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.


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.


Perth, Australia Parking Enforcement Services, a division of Australia

For: New parking infringement management system


City of Calgary, Alberta/ Calgary Parking Authority
For: ParkPlus System Commercialization


City of Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
For: Parking Management Operations Services 


City of Seattle, Wash.

For: Parking Pay Station Replacement/Retrofit


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!


Free IPI Online ShopTalk: Experiences with Off-Airport Competition and Reservation Systems
airport parkingJoin your fellow IPI members for this free informative discussion on issues affecting airport parking management, including off-airport competition and reservation systems. 


Rick Decker, CAPP, assistant manager, Parking Operations at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, will facilitate the conversation. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences, concerns, and questions.


Thursday, December 12 at 1:00 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST


Register today!


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:


In New York Times today - Parking and Mall Apps - Lots of great stuff from IPI and our members. Happy Thanksgiving!


Parking meter public art project gets city approval


Mural on Broad Ripple parking garage to help anchor art path


Show of support for parking garage-police station plan at hearing


Pay-by-phone parking comes to Alexandria; Arlington likely to try it next year


New 'meter hitches' mean security for cyclists


No tailgating at Super Bowl via @espn


UO plans to reduce parking stalls to encourage a pedestrian-friendly campus 


Happy Holidays from IPI!

Enjoy the Holidays! The next IPI Insider will publish January 7, 2014.