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March 4, 2014 - Vol 6, Issue 5
In This Issue
IPI Building Bridges: Planning International Conference in Colombia, September 2014
New IPI Parking Industry Award to Recognize Outstanding Marketing Programs
Submit Your Nomination for IPI's Annual Professional Recognition Awards - Deadline March 12
Attend the Largest Parking Event All Year!
IPI's Next Webinar: Data Security in the Parking Industry: Is Your Company Prepared?
Got a Parking Project? Submit a Poster!
New Parking Jobs Posted
The Parking Professional: Guns in the Lot
New RFPs Posted
Free IPI Online ShopTalk: A Discussion of Airport Reservation Systems
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
Keep Calm and Train On
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IPI Building Bridges: Planning International Conference in Colombia, September 2014

Planning began last week for the next IPI International Parking Conference, to be held in Cali, Colombia, in September 2014. Colombian-born IPI Board Chair Liliana Rambo, CAPP, accompanied IPI staff to meet with the local host committee, led by Alejandro "Alex" Jaramillo of APD de Colombia. After the planning meeting in Cali, the group traveled to the capital city of Bogotá to participate in a trade show focused on elected municipal leaders throughout Colombia. The trade show was part of a conference of mayors, called Encuentro Nacional de Municipios, hosted by the Federacion Colombiana de Muncipios, where the leaders meet to discuss many issues affecting the country's cities and townships.  A lengthy discussion involved the maintenance of current infrastructure and meeting tomorrow's transportation needs.  Keynote speakers included Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón and Transport Minister, Cecilia Alvarez-Correa.  The IPI delegation shared parking's important role in Colombia's transportation system and generated key speakers for the September Conference in Cali.


 Photo Left to Right:  Liliana Rambo, CAPP, IPI Board Chair, Houston Airports System; Shawn D. Conrad, CAE, IPI Executive Director; and, Michelle W. Jones, CMP, IPI Director, Convention & Meeting Services.


New IPI Parking Industry Award to Recognize Outstanding Marketing Programs

A new parking industry awards program established by the International Parking Institute will recognize outstanding marketing and communications programs. Judging criteria for the 2014 Parking Matters® Marketing and Communications Awards will focus on whether programs helped advance the parking profession, educate target audiences about the value of parking expertise, communicate ways to take advantage of parking and transportation options, use a parking facility more efficiently, better understand a parking technology, or otherwise create positive messaging around parking. Entries for the new awards program open March 10, 2014 and submissions are due April 21, 2014. Winners will receive a hefty trophy sporting a golden megaphone (pictured here) in a presentation at the IPI Conference & Expo in Dallas, Texas, June 1-4, 2014. Read the news release here and look for examples of the types of programs suitable for submission and details at parking.org/marcomm, or contact Lauri Chudoba at marcomm@parking.org.


Submit Your Nomination for IPI's Annual Professional Recognition Awards--Deadline March 12

Nominations will be accepted through March 12 for IPI's annual Professional Recognition Awards, honoring the parking industry's best. There is no fee to enter 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 parking.org/prp, or contact Lauri Chudoba at prp@parking.org or 571.699.3011.

Attend the Largest Parking Event All Year!

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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 today! Don't forget, 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, by phone, or by fax.   


IPI's Next Webinar: Data Security in the Parking Industry: Is Your Company Prepared?

Hardly a day goes by when data privacy isn't in the news.  As the use of credit cards to pay for both on- and off-street parking proliferates, businesses in the parking industry that collect payment information from customers are at increased risk of a data breach.  Further, information such as customers' license plate numbers, vehicle data, and addresses can be vulnerable in the event of a breach.  Any data beaches will attract significant media attention due to the amount of personal information collected, stored, and discarded. 


Following this webinar, you will have a better understanding of: 
1.  Recent history of data breaches.

2.  Data security statistics.

3.  State data security laws.

4.  Effective strategies to secure and protect sensitive data so you can be prepared in the event of a breach or other incident.

5.  Applying practical solutions to hypothetical situations arising from data use.


Instructor: Matthew H. Meade  and Jason P. Wrona are attorneys at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC. Meade is the co-chair of the firm's Cybersecurity and Data Protection Group and Wrona represents the Public Parking Authority of Pittsburgh's legal affairs.


March 26, 2014 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 CAPPs and candidates who register and participate in the webinar will receive .5 points toward their CAPP certification or recertification requirements.  


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's event 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


New Parking Jobs Posted

IPI Career HQ

Have a job to post? Reach thousands of parking professionals at parking.org/careers. Looking for a job in the parking industry? View our latest listings: 


Deputy Director of Operations - Virginia Commonwealth University, Parking and Transportation


Principal Parking Supervisor (Field Supervisor) - University of California, Irvine


Parking Systems Manager - City of Minneapolis 


Assistant Manager, Parking Systems - City of Minneapolis


Public Parking Services Supervisor - City of Riverside, Calif.


Parking Enforcement Coordinator - University of Maryland, College Park 


View more job listings  


The Parking Professional: Guns in the Lot

The March issue of The Parking Professional showcases changes in legal and technology you'll want to read.  This issue features:


Guns in the Lot: More states are passing laws that allow firearms to be left in parked cars. Should you worry?


Being Prepared: Writing a formal emergency action or business continuation plan is not only good planning, but a critical piece of business success.


The Metrics That Matter: The details buyers should

focus on when evaluating lighting retrofit projects.


Lighting it Up: Garage owners find that new lighting is both economical and welcoming, offering big return on investment. 


Building the Invisible Garage: Creativity and collaboration solve modern parking congestion and security concerns while maintaining the historic integrity of an iconic government building.


Smart Moves: A new report highlights the importance of smart parking systems to cities, campuses, and communities. 


Moving on Up: IPI moves its headquarters to the heart of association central. 


To read the entire March 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.


Port of Oakland

For: Airport Parking Revenue Control System Consulting Services


Alaska International Airports System
For: Operation and maintenance of State-owned parking facilities


City of Alhambra, Calilf.
For: Parking enforcment services


Wayne State University
For: Deferred Maintenance & Improvements


Lane County, Oregon
For: Parking Facilities Administration Services


City of Boston
For: Bid for Parking Lot Repair


City of Minneapolis
For: On-Street Parking Mobile Phone Payment System


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!


Free IPI Online ShopTalk: A Discussion of Airport Reservation Systems
airport parkingJoin your fellow IPI members for this free informative discussion on issues affecting airport parking management, including reservation systems. 


Steve Koester, Parking Systems Manager at Port of Portland, will facilitate the conversation. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences, concerns, and questions.


Thursday, March 20 at 1:00 p.m. EDT/10 a.m. PDT



Learn from Your Peers at the Parking Matters® Blog

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  • Hashtagging Parking by Jeff Petry
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  • Personal Freedoms vs. Public Ideals by Patrick Troy


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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:
Help City Of Seattle Choose Next Generation of Parking Meters http://ow.ly/tSx6I

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 and, submission guidelines, and 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 bmiller@pci.org; or Jennifer Peters at 312.583.6780 or jpeters@pci.org.


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.


Keep Calm and Train On

51 percent of large United States companies have concerns when it comes to skills gap for their respective industries.  Don't wait for your organization to experience a skills gap and lose business to a competitor.  IPI's Online Courses and Training can help.  Consider the cost savings by investing in online learning.  Such an investment in your employees now will give them the tools to meet customer and organizational needs later.  Keep Calm and Train On! 


IPI offers special pricing for bulk order purchases over five courses.  Contact Lauri Chudoba to learn more.


Consider if one or all of the online courses and training best meets your needs by clicking here.