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March 18, 2014 - Vol 6, Issue 6
In This Issue
New Online Course Available! Introduction to Parking
Sneak Peek at 2014 IPI Conference & Expo Educational Sessions
Update on U.S. Mint, New Coins and Effect on Parking Industry
IPI's Annual Professional Recognition Awards - Deadline Extended to March 26
Have You Heard? New Award to Recognize Parking Marketing
Register Now for the IPI Educational Certificate Program with SWPTA
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: The Metrics That Matter
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
Call for Speakers: Association for Commuter Transportation International Conference
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New Online Course Available! Introduction to Parking

You spoke and we listened!  IPI has created a virtual onboarding solution that will allow new hires to learn about the parking industry online with 24/7 access to the course.  Effective onboarding is critical to all organizations, and IPI's comprehensive Introduction to Parking course will teach new staff the fundamentals of the many aspects of the parking industry.


The faster new staff are familiar with the industry and their role in it, the faster they will become successful at their job duties. IPI's Introduction to Parking course is a three-hour parking industry orientation.  This course was created based on demand and is a new resource for you and your organization; teaching the fundamentals of on and off-street parking, parking enforcement, communications, customer service, revenue and control, and safety and security in a convenient online format.  The course is valid for six months from the date of purchase.  Let IPI assist you and your organization with successful onboarding of new staff with this training--it's your new go-to employee resource!


IPI offers special pricing for bulk order purchases of more than five courses. Contact Lauri Chudoba for more information.


Learn more and register for one or all of IPI's change online courses and training here.


Sneak Peek at 2014 IPI Conference & Expo Educational Sessions

Conference logo 2014 The 2014 IPI Conference & Expo, June 1-4  in Dallas, Texas, is only three months away. Here's a sneak peek at a few of the educational sessions that will be presented in five separate learning tracks: Best Practices, Sustainability, Finance, Organizational Improvement, and Technology:


  • Technology and Audit Practices:  Achieving Your Objectives While Maintaining Revenue Security in the New World 
  • University of Minnesota Saves 75 Percent in Energy Costs with LED Lighting Retrofit and Controls 
  • Payment Innovations and EMV--What Does it Mean for the U.S. Parking Industry?
  • Marketing Matters:  Why Your Marketing is Coming Up Short and How to Fix it
  • The Dynamic Future of Parking Technology
  • Painting Your Town Green
  • Changing the Perception and Reality of Parking and Transit from a Functional Department to a Mission-Enhancing Service
  • Repairing and Maintaining Airport Structures While in Use
  • Parking Enforcement Officer Performance Measurement, Enforcement Philosophy, and Officer Accountability
  • The Value of Customer Service in Parking

Much more, including ShopTalk roundtables that focus on airport, academic, hospital, and municipal parking, fast-paced Ignite Sessions that spark ideas, and PowerPitch forums on the Expo floor that you won't want to miss are in store. (Exhibitor alert:  Booth space is 70 percent sold out).


Register today for reduced rates and best choice of hotels!


Update on U.S. Mint, New Coins and Effect on Parking Industry

As first reported by IPI in an IPI Action Alert distributed February 18, Congress passed the Coin Modernization Oversight and Continuity Act of 2010 authorizing the U.S. Mint to conduct research on the use of alternative metals in the production of circulating coins.


Part of the U.S. Mint's effort has been conducting stakeholder meetings seeking input on potential effect any revision to the metal compositions would have on equipment manufacturers, merchants, and other industry stakeholders. Clearly, the parking industry is an important stakeholder and based on conversations between IPI and the U.S. Mint, we are optimistic that decision-makers there are receptive to our input.


In April, a Federal Register Notice inviting comment about circulating coins and effects on stakeholders will be published.


IPI has established an ad hoc task group to focus on this issue and will facilitate ways our members can weigh in. In addition, this topic will be addressed at the upcoming IPI Conference & Expo in Dallas, June 1-4. Details on related events and opportunities for discussion will be available soon.



IPI's Annual Professional Recognition Awards--Deadline Extended to March 26

Haven't submitted yet? You still can! The IPI Professional Recognition Awards competition recognizes the contributions of individuals to our industry. Each year, the IPI Professional Recognition Program honors those that who exemplify professionalism. You have the opportunity to ensure deserving colleagues and organizations are recognized by nominating them for an IPI Professional Recognition award today. You can also nominate yourself, but all nominees must be IPI members in good standing. There is no fee.


Nominations are accepted on an annual basis and judged by a select panel of judges from the IPI Professional Recognition Program Committee. Winners will be honored at the 2014 IPI Conference & Expo in Dallas, Texas, June 1-4, 2014.


The Professional Recognition Program competition consists of four categories:  



Nominations are now being accepted through Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Click the appropriate hyperlink above to get the criteria for each category and for the link to complete the online nomination form.


For questions regarding entries, please contact Lauri Chudoba at 571.699.3011 or prp@parking.org.


Have you Heard? New Award to Recognize Parking Marketing

Entries are now open for a new parking industry awards program established by IPI to 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. Programs that use a wide spectrum of marketing tools, from advertising and public relations to signage, special events, direct mail, and social media are encouraged. The deadline for submissions is due April 21. Does your program qualify? Look for details, entry form and examples of the types of programs suitable for submission at parking.org/marcomm, or contact Lauri Chudoba at marcomm@parking.org


Register Now for the IPI Parking Education Partners (PEP) Program with SWPTA
The IPI Parking Education Partners (PEP) certificate program can help you and your organization further educational goals and industry recognition. The IPI certificate program is an interactive instructor-led opportunity that will debut at the Southwest Parking and Transportation Association (SWPTA) annual Educational Summit, April 23, 2014. The certificate program curriculum for the inaugural IPI Parking Education Partners program with SWPTA consists of two courses: Parking Enforcement and Conflict Resolution.  IPI certificate courses are taught by parking professionals who have many years of practical experience in the industry and with teaching seminars and workshops. Please check out SWPTA's website for additional information and to register for the education summit.
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 breach 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 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 


Parking Manager - City of Virginia Beach


Executive Director - Bethlehem Parking Authority


Executive Director of Springfield Parking Authority - City of Springfield, Mass.


Regional Vice President, Account Management - Duncan Solutions, Inc.


Transportation Manager (University Program Specialist) - University of North Carolina at Charlotte


View more job listings  


The Parking Professional: The Metrics That Matter

It is increasingly difficult to argue against having energy-efficient lighting installed in a parking garage.  Even garages that were built recently with traditional metal halide or high-pressure sodium fixtures should be considering a retrofit as the benefits affect everyone: customers, managers, and owners.  But there is a huge variety of choices, each with certain trade-offs. Understanding how to make an apples-to-apples comparison can be difficult.  That is why it is important to understand the metrics that matter. 


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


University of Mississippi
For: Parking management system 


Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)

For: Parking access/revenue control systems


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


City of Minneapolis

For: On-Street Parking Mobile Phone Payment System


City of Asbury Park
For: Comprehensive Parking Management Plan


University of Southern Florida
For: Smart Parking Guidance 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

PM blog logoSign up to receive Parking Matters® Blog posts and see them as they are published. Recent posts:


  • Investing in Parking by L. Dennis Burns, CAPP
  • Lending a Hand to Help a Peer--and the Profession by Shawn Conrad, CAE 

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:
Chicago to Test New Parking Meter App http://ow.ly/uAFsS

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.


Call for Speakers: Association for Commuter Transportation International Conference

ACT logo March 25 is the deadline for proposals to speak at the 2014 Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) International Conference to be held August 2-6 in San Francisco. The conference is where hundreds of transportation demand management (TDM) professionals share innovative ideas, learn from leading experts, connect with colleagues, and build legislative support through intensive training workshops, top-notch professional development sessions, networking events, and off-site activities.


Experienced, articulate professionals with expertise and real-world experience to share are invited to submit proposals. In particular, ACT seeks speaker presentations that illustrate case studies, illuminate important issues, demonstrate how-to knowledge, and increase the professionalism of attendees. Possible topic areas include, but are not limited to:  transportation/commuting research, vanpooling, carpooling, shuttles, telework, sustainable development, cycling, pedestrian, public policy, and innovation in TDM. Issues and programs that are sector-specific such as those focused on municipalities, universities, and employer-based programs are also encouraged. Multiple submissions are permitted and they are accepted online here.

For more information, contact ACT Executive Director, Henry Wallmeyer, or 571.699.3064.