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February 18, 2014 - Vol 6, Issue 4
In This Issue
Who Will Be Parking Professional, Organization, Supervisor, Staff Member of the Year?
One Week Left to Save for the Largest Parking Event All Year!
Got a Parking Project? Submit a Poster!
February 26 Webinar: Wide Wide World of Payments
New Parking Jobs Posted
The Parking Professional: Paying Power
New RFPs Posted
Learn from Your Peers at the Parking Matters Blog
Industry Headlines - From IPI's Social Media
Mobility Summit June 10 - 11, 2014
2014 PCI Design Awards - Now Accepting Entries
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Who Will Be Parking Professional, Organization, Supervisor, Staff Member of the Year?

Nominations will be accepted through March 12 for IPI's annual Professional Recognition Awards, honoring the parking industry's best. There is no fee and this year, IPI has instituted a streamlined, online entry process. Self-nominations of colleagues and peers are accepted in four categories:


  • James M. Hunnicutt, CAPP, Parking Professional of the Year: for management-level professionals who direct an entire parking/transportation operation or manage multiple units within a department.
  • Parking Organization of the Year: for public or private parking organizations, departments, consultants, suppliers, commercial operators, etc.
  • Parking Supervisor of the Year: for those who supervise one or more employees within a parking/transportation department or unit.
  • Parking Staff Member of the Year: for frontline staff

Awardees will be honored at the 2014 IPI Conference & Expo in Dallas, Texas, June 1-4, and featured in the July 2014 issue of The Parking Professional. To see past winners and obtain additional entry criteria and entry forms, visit, or contact Lauri Chudoba at or 571.699.3011.

One Week Left to Save on the Largest Parking Event All Year!

Conference logo 2014

The 2014 IPI Conference & Expo, June 1-4 in Dallas, Texas, is the place to see the latest innovations and product launches in parking equipment, supplies, services, and technology, and learn from the most respected leaders in the parking profession. But you can only do all of this if you register. Whether you need full, daily, Expo hall, spouse, golf, 5K Fun Run, or optional event registrations, do it by February 28 for deep discounts! The more people you bring, the more you can save. Every third through 10th registrant from the same organization can save $100 off current registration rates. You can register online or by phone or by fax.  



U.S. Treasury Considering Changing Coins

The U.S. Congress passed a law in 2010 authorizing the Treasury Department and U.S. Mint to conduct research and development of alternative metals for all circulating coins.


Mint officials have informed IPI that the research has been conducted and a meeting is planned in Washington, D.C., on March 13, 2014, to discuss their findings.  The meeting will also provide stakeholders (IPI members) an opportunity to provide input on any effects alternative metal compositions for coins would have on businesses or industries. For more information, click below: 



Knowing that any change in the composition of circulating coins will affect the parking industry, IPI will provide a summary of the Mint's findings in future IPInsider reports.


Got a Parking Project? Submit a Poster!

Here's your chance to showcase a real-world parking success story and maximize exposure to your peers in a high-traffic zone at the 2014 IPI Conference & Expo, June 1-4 in Dallas. New this year--conference attendees will cast ballots for best poster and top posters will earn trophies. One poster per organization. This is not an ad; it's a chance to show and tell about one of your successful parking projects. Entry fee is $100 and deadline for submissions is April 25 (all that's needed is a title and summary). Sponsored by the IPI's Smart Parking Alliance, last year featured more than 40 posters! IPI provides a large display board (approximately 8' wide by 4' high). You can create one large poster, or communicate your story through words, images, or charts on a series of pages. The poster gallery is viewable during the entire conference. It's a stand-alone--no staffing required! New this year, conference attendees will cast a ballot for best posters. See a list of last year's poster titles and winners here. 


Download the poster session details and submit your poster idea here


Wednesday February 26 Webinar: Wide Wide World of Payments

The Wide Wide World of Parking Payments is the fifth in a series of parking-specific presentations by IPI's Parking Technology Committee. This year's all-new webinar provides an overview of the currently available payment options, covers the historical side of payments, and offers a preview of what the future holds. The webinar will explore the different portals and payment channels customers can use to pay for their parking, how card transactions flow through the processing network, and how cost structures differ among payment types, including the costs of equipment and staff. The webinar will also explain the new Europay, Mastercard, Visa (EMV) credit card standard that is headed our way.

Following this webinar, you will have a better understanding of: 
1. The credit card clearing and settlement process and who the players are.
2. The cost associated with different payment types, including real-world examples.
3. The operational considerations associated with different payment methods.



Tom Wunk, CAPP, is vice president, PARCS Solutions for T2 Systems, Inc. He is a Certified Administrator of Public Parking and teaches a number of sessions for the IPI CAPP Program. 


Wednesday, February 26 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.  


New Parking Jobs Posted
The Parking Professional: Paying Power

The parking industry has seen a technological revolution during the past few decades, especially in payment processing and flexibility. This quickly-evolving landscape stands in contrast to our not-so-distant past, when a cigar box and a smile were all the tools frontline parking professionals possessed (or needed) to serve their customers. But as technology within the industry has progressed, so has the demand for better customer service through enhanced payment options, as well as for greater management and operational efficiency with respect to processing and collections.


To read the rest of this article and the entire February issue of The Parking Professional click 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.


City of Asbury Park

For: Comprehensive Parking Management Plan


University of Southern Florida
For: Smart Parking Guidance System


City of Chicago
For: Mobile Handhelds for Parking Citations - Hardware, Software Service and Support


Lexington Parking Authority
For: On-Street and Off-Street Parking Management Services


View all RFPs  


Organizations can post RFPs at no charge. For more information, contact Peter Caporale at 571.699.3011. 


*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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  • Elevator Pitch by Frank L. Giles
  • March Madness (In a Good Way) by Bridgette Brady, CAPP
  • Are You More Prepared Than a Congressman? by Shawn Conrad, CAE
  • Great Customer Service. Really. by Casey Jones, CAPP
  • Openness and Innovation by L. Dennis Burns, 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, Pinterest, and the Parking Matters® Blog. Here are just a few examples of the stories you may have missed:
4 Boston-Area Universities Among Best in U.S. at Reducing Campus Driving

Mobility Summit June 10 - 11, 2014

The two-day Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit will bring forward-thinking transportation professionals together in Washington, D.C., to discuss new developments in shared-use mobility and foster further collaboration between governments and private sector mobility providers. Building on the successful Shared Use Mobility Summit in San Francisco last October, this event will feature panel discussions and presentations by influential mobility leaders in the public sector along with experts in the fields of carsharing, one-way carsharing, peer-to-peer (P2P) carsharing, public bikesharing, ridesharing, and technology, all sharing their experiences in bringing new transportation options to local communities. 


Hosted by the Association for Commuter Transpotation, Transit Center, Mobility Lab and the University of California Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center, summit participants will examine ways governments and shared-use providers can work together to create more seamless transportation systems within their communities and connect even more individuals to their services. The event will also examine the role of emerging technologies in shared-use mobility and how the public and private sectors can take advantage of them to reach a wider portion of the travelling public. 


2014 PCI Design Awards - Now Accepting Entries

The PCI Design Awards program recognizes design excellence and construction quality using precast concrete. Be a part of the search for excellence and submit your project today.


Visit the Design Awards website for complete information, including this year's categories, submission guidelinesand to make a submission.

Entries are accepted in two primary categories: buildings and transportation structures. In addition to buildings and transportation, there are special awards categories: the Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award, the All-Precast Solution Award, and the Sustainable Design Award. 


Important Dates:
May 19, 2014 - Submission deadline

Late July 2014 - Winners announced


All winning projects will be showcased at the PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference and be included in a summary article that appears in PCI Journal and Aspire and Ascent magazines. Together, these publications reach more than 65,000 industry stakeholders. We encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity to showcase your project!

Questions? Contact Brian Miller, P.E., LEED AP, at 312.360.3216 or; or Jennifer Peters at 312.583.6780 or


View the 2013 and previous years' winning projects here and select the year you are interested in in the box on the left titled PCI Design Award Winners.