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April 15, 2014 - Vol 6, Issue 8
In This Issue
CAPP Changes: Be the First to Know and Help Us Advance the Profession!
Last Chance to Vote in IPI's 2014 Board of Directors Election!
Municipal Members Invited to Smart Parking Symposium
Yes, You're Eligible. Entries Close April 21 for New Parking Marketing Award
Just Posted: All IPI Conference Education Sessions by Title, Speaker, Day and Track
U.S. Mint Releases Request for Comment on Alternative Metals in Coins Research
IPI's Next Webinar: EMV and Its Impact on the Parking Industry
Check Out Our Training
Register Now for the IPI Educational Certificate Program with SWPTA
April 25 is the Deadline for Your Poster Session at the 2014 Conference & Expo
New Parking Jobs Posted
The Parking Professional: Resetting Public Opinion
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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CAPP Changes: Be the First to Know and Help Us Advance the Profession!

Be among the first to know about substantial changes to the CAPP Program that will take effect July 1, 2014. As the CAPP credential continues to gain international influence and value, the program must change to reflect a global audience. The CAPP Program credential will now be completed through a computer-based examination that can be administered via world-wide testing centers.


These changes will maintain CAPP's high standards, better reflect the expertise and skills needed by today's parking professionals, and lower the cost and travel demands on those who seek to earn the credential.  The new CAPP Program offers greater flexibility for CAPP candidates and current CAPPs. The comprehensive 2014 CAPP Candidate Handbook, including an application as well as the new CAPP Recertification Guidelines,may be downloaded at parking.org/capp.


We will deliver informational webinars on the CAPP changes in May.  Be on the lookout for upcoming dates. If you are a potential CAPP candidate, please review our Frequently Asked Questions by clicking here.  FAQs for current CAPPs can be found here.  For additional information, please feel free to contact capp@parking.org.


If you are a CAPP, we need your expertise!  We have a special request of you! We need CAPPs (you) to beta test the new exam. From now until May 23, CAPPs may recertify by participating in the beta testing of the new CAPP examination (at no cost). You will take the computer-administered exam at a nearby IQT Testing Center. IPI will pay all exam fees, and have no fear--we are not concerned if you pass or fail and no scores will be reported or released during this testing period. Those who take the beta test will automatically be eligible to recertify for the next three years (until 2017) without any other requirements aside from the recertification fee.


To learn more about the beta test and register to take the new CAPP exam at a testing center near you, contact Lauri Chudoba, Professional Development Administrator, at capp@parking.org or 571.699.3011. Thank you for your assistance and for helping us advance the profession.


Last Chance to Vote in IPI's 2014 Board of Directors Election!

Wednesday, April 16 at 11:59 p.m. is the deadline to vote in the IPI 2014 Board of Directors election. View the full slate of candidates.


All eligible voting members should have received an email with voting instructions. Please contact Jean Miller at 571.699.3011, x1000 with any questions about the IPI election process. Vote today!


Municipal Members Invited to Smart Parking Symposium

Luncheon speaker, Bill Wolpin,  
American City and County

If you're an IPI municipality sector member, don't miss a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the latest smart parking technology and innovative approaches to municipality parking at IPI's first Municipal (Smart) Parking Symposium: Real Solutions for Real Cities. The symposium and luncheon will be held Sunday, June 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Conference Center in Grapevine, Texas (suburban Dallas).


The symposium, sponsored by IPI's Smart Parking Alliance™ (SPA), precedes the opening of the 2014 IPI Conference & Expo, and is free to those with full or Sunday conference registration.


IPI municipality sector members as well as SPA equipment and technology providers are encouraged to attend what will be an informative and lively interactive discussion. Highlights will include results of a groundbreaking research report on parking perceptions and procedures in local governments conducted by IPI with American City and County magazine, and a panel of experts sharing lessons learned from five progressive parking cities.


For more information about the symposium click here. When you register for the 2014 Conference & Expo, make sure to add the Municipal Symposium (free with full or Sunday registration). If you've already registered, contact Jean Miller.
Yes, You're Eligible. Entries Close April 21 for New Parking Marketing Award

You're eligible if you're an equipment and technology supplier, or a parking pro associated with a municipality, university, airport, commercial operator, consultant, hotel--you name it! If you've done some parking marketing, get recognized for your efforts! 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 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


Just Posted: All IPI Conference Education Sessions by Title, Speaker, Day, and Track
Conference logo 2014Get ready to feel like a kid in a candy store when you see the tantalizing mix of educational sessions we've lined up for the 2014 IPI Conference & Expo in Dallas, Texas, June 1-4. Now posted on the Conference website, read descriptions of four days of listening, learning, and connecting with the industry's top experts in sessions that cover the full scope of the evolving parking profession. Education sessions are divided into five tracks: Best Practices, Sustainability, Finance, Organizational Improvement, and Technology--pick and choose as you like, or focus on one track. Search by track, speaker, or topic. Start here.


U.S. Mint Releases Request for Comment on Alternative Metals in Coins Research
The official notice and request for comment published in the U.S. Federal Register is to supplement the information, that the U.S. Mint has received to date from its stakeholders, including a meeting IPI representatives attended on March 13, 2014, on factors identified as a result of the bureau's research and development efforts on alternative metals for circulating United States coins. These factors include changes in weight, color, electromagnetic  signature, environmental impact, and transition/implementation period. 

IPI joined a coalition of affected stakeholders to monitor this action and provide comment, as any changes will significantly affect the parking industry. IPI will also host a speaker from the U.S. Mint at the 2014 IPI Conference & Expo in Dallas, Texas, to provide attendees with an update on the status of these possible changes.

To read the Federal Register notice and provide comment, click here.
IPI's Next Webinar: EMV and Its Effect on the Parking Industry

e-learning logo Europay, MasterCard, and Visa (EMV) is coming to the United States. The effect on credit card processing is significant across the entire payments infrastructure, including payments practices in the parking industry.


This webinar will discuss what EMV is, what it does, the planned transition to EMV in the United States with critical milestones, and what you need to consider within your operation with regard to EMV implementation.


After participating in this webinar you will know:


  • What EMV is.
  • What EMV does.
  • What effect EMV could have on your operation.
  • What questions you should ask.
  • How you should plan ahead.       




Steven Grant is a senior systems consultant with LTK Engineering Services, working on several large airport PARCS and transit payment deployments. He is also the vice chair for parking on the Smart Card Alliance Transportation Council.


Tom Wunk, CAPP, is vice president, PARCS solutions for T2 Systems, Inc. He teaches a number of sessions for the IPI CAPP program.  A graduate of the State University of New York system, he is an active member in the American Society for Information Science (ASIS) and IPI, and completed his CAPP certification in 2004.  He has been in the parking control industry since 1973 and has designed and implemented parking control solutions all over the world. He has developed and provided consultative and operational training presentations for IPI, ASIS, and the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).  He is a member of the IPI Technology Committee and the Smart Card Alliance Council.


April 23, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. PDT   (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.  


Check Out Our Training

Check out our Online Courses & Training.  People are most motivated to learn when the task matches their skill level.  The task can't be too easy without risking boredom, and it can't be too difficult, which can translate into frustration. IPI offers six foundational level courses that will meet the needs of folks new to the industry or those who want to brush up on interpersonal skills or learn about the latest trends in technology!  Most of the courses have avatars as your facilitators to guide students through the materials.  The course templates and worksheets can be downloaded and used immediately on-the-job.  Don't wait, check out our training today!


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 online courses and training here.


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.
April 25 is the Deadline for Your Parking Poster Session at the 2014 IPI Conference & Expo

This is a perfect way to show off your best project and get added visibility--and possibly a prize! Posters will be on display outside the General Session ballroom at the IPI Conference & Expo in Dallas, Texas, June 1-4, offering a walkable gallery of display boards featuring member-supplied posters and visual presentations of case studies and parking success stories. Submit your poster title by April 25. Need ideas? See a list of last year's poster submissions and winners here. To get started with your submission, click here or if you have questions, email Jean Miller. Special awards for best posters in specific categories, and new this year, Conference attendees get to cast a ballot for Best Poster!


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


Director, Parking Services - University of Cincinnati


Assistant Director of Parking Operations - University of Colorado Boulder


Assistant General Manager - SP+ Denver International Airport


View more job listings  


The Parking Professional: Resetting Public Opnion

Santa Monica, Calif., is more than a quintessential Southern California city--its status as home to the world-famous Santa Monica Pier and a vibrant downtown area make it among the most celebrated beach cities in the world.  Each year, more than 20 million vehicles transcend on 8.5 square miles, and nearly 12 million of those vehicles park at the city's parking meters.


Members can view the entire The Parking Professional online here.


Questions, comments, or thoughts about The Parking Professional? Share them with editor Kim Fernandez. 


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.


Western Kentucky University
For: PARCS Upgrade 


New York State Thruway
For: Bid to Lease Parking Lots 


City of Hendersonville
For: Parking study 


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


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

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


  • Property Owners Asked: How Safe Is Your Parking Lot? by Mark Wright
  • The Changing Face (and Terminology) of British Parking by Christina Onesirosan Martinez
  • Mobility as Service by L. Dennis Burns, CAPP
  • One Size Fits All? by Dave Feehan 

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:
Parking ramp levels named for authors in Bismarck http://ow.ly/vHF84 
Have you heard? There is a new award to recognize parking marketing. Read more info and how to enter http://ow.ly/voPsA

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.