January 4, 2011

A New Year's Resolution You Can Keep
Plus $100 Savings & Bonus CD

While everyone around you is making resolutions that will be long forgotten by the time the snow thaws, you can make and keep yours!  With the economy beginning to rebound, it's more important than ever that you are seeking connections that count, exploring new sustainable technologies and experiencing education that is engaging, insightful and timely.

The 2011 International Parking Institute Conference & Expo is where more than 2,400 industry decision-makers will convene in Pittsburgh, Pa., May 22-25 for the largest conference and tradeshow in the parking industry. The IPI Conference & Expo will offer multiple opportunities for you to visit with more than 200 solution-providers, enhance your body of knowledge through riveting and knowledgeable experts in the industry, meet emerging leaders and further your network through social functions, peer-to-peer discussion groups, hands-on facility tours plus featuring two headline Keynote Speakers!  Register by January 15 and SAVE $100 plus receive all education sessions presented on audio CD for FREE!

What's the Next Big Thing in Parking?

Share your thoughts by taking IPI's 3-Question Emerging Trends in Parking Survey. The short poll asks you to rank emerging trends; identify "the next big thing" in parking; and share your thoughts on "the most common parking operations, design, or management problem or mistake you've encountered that you feel could have been avoided had competent parking expertise been utilized."

The survey has had superb response to date - both in terms of the number of respondents and in the thoughtful responses. We'll be closing the survey soon, so please weigh in. Your opinion counts!

IPI Emerging Trends in Parking Survey

2011 IPI Board of Directors - Call for Nominations

The Nominating Committee of the International Parking Institute announces the annual "Call for Nominations" for those individuals interested in serving as a member of the IPI Board of Directors. Members in good standing who are interested should submit a cover letter detailing your interest (which can be included in the body of the response email), head shot photograph (of at least 300 dpi high resolution quality) and a resume or bio (no more than 200 words). All nominations must be received no later than Wednesday, January 12, 2011.

The following seven seats for the Board of Directors are available for the upcoming election for a two-year term beginning in May, 2011:
· One Academic
· One Airport
· Two Consultant
· Two Public
· One Supplier

Interested candidates are asked to complete and submit the nomination form that can be submitted via email once completed.

If you should have any questions regarding this process, please contact Doug Holmes, CAPP, Nominating Committee Chair or Lauri Chudoba for assistance.

IPI Webinar to Tackle Enforcement

e-learning logo A Paradigm Shift in Parking Enforcement
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 2:00pm EST
Instructor: Roamy Valera, CAPP, Vice President, Standard Parking Corp.
This webinar will discuss the challenges that are presented to Parking Enforcement Officers (PEO) and the expectation to deliver the highest level of customer service.  Public Relations have become much more important in the day-to-day functions of the parking enforcement profession. It will give an overview of the parking industry today, describing how the need a shift in paradigm for parking enforcement programs has changed the way parking professionals look at the impact of public relations and the services provided.  The topic will cover a number of related topics including the role of the parking enforcement officer, how this role interacts with the overall parking initiative and/or program, the "challenges" of the PEO, and more.
You will learn the various tools the industry has at their disposal and  how the parking enforcement program with specific objectives such as increasing PEO accountabilities, identifying parking demand and utilization by area/zones, citation productivity, and reducing complaints, needs a solid understanding of how public relations impacts the results of their work.
The webinar will also discuss the issue of technology today and the impact it is having on the parking industry.  In addition, the presentation will discuss how established policies and procedures play a role in the delivery of Public relations initiatives, and the question of who should be involved, and how it should be adopted and managed.

A Paradigm Shift in Parking Enforcement
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
2:00 pm EST
$35.00 for IPI Members
$50.00 for non-members

January The Parking Professional Arriving in Your Mailbox

The January issue of The Parking Professional has been mailed and should be arriving in your mailbox any day now.  Featured this month are two articles on airport parking facilities including how site characteristics can influence revenues and four fundamental principles for delivering a high-quality parking experience. Members can view the current issue and past issues on The Parking Professional page of IPI's website. 
Interested in submitting an article for The Parking Professional? 
Advertising information is available by contacting Romi Schneider at 703.323.5783.

RFPs Posted on IPI RFP Portal

Village of Libertyville, Illinois
For: Commuter Train Station "Pay by Space" Paystations and Services

Myrtle Beach International Airport, South Carolina
For: Public Parking Facility Concession

City of New Haven, Connecticut
For: Parking Ticket Issuance Devices, Processing & Collection Services

Baltimore County Revenue Authority
For: Energy Optimization Lighting Upgrades for Baltimore County Revenue Authority Municipal Parking Garages

City of Sacramento, California
For: Parking Citation Processing Services

of Annapolis, Maryland
For: Municipal Parking Facilities Management Services
>Access to complete RFP/RFQ details is restricted to IPI Members.
Have a RFP or RFQ you would like to have promoted?  IPI is happy to provide this forum for parking organizations to post their RFPs and RFQs at no charge.  For more information, contact IPI Membership Director, Mark Gedris.

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CAPP Media Class

CAPP LogoIPI will host its CAPP Media Seminar - "You're On! How the Media Gets Your Message," on February 5-6. This two-day seminar, provided for approved candidates only, includes representatives from the print and broadcast media and is designed to teach the parking professional the dos and don'ts of handling "hard news" stories. You will learn how reporters find their sources, when to contact reporters, tips on dealing with reporters and how technology and social media is changing the news media industry. For more information about this seminar and the CAPP Program, contact Lauri Chudoba at chudoba@parking.org or 540.371.7535.

State of the States

Florida Parking Association
Forida Parking Association (FPA) announced the winners of their 4th Annual Project Awards Competition at their annual conference in December.  The categories, winners and project names are as follows:

Award of Excellence - New Parking Structure
 Timothy Haahs and Associates, Inc.
 Courthouse Center Garage, Miami, FL

Award of Excellence - Rehabilitation / Restoration of Existing Parking Garage
 Walter P. Moore, Inc.
 Waterford at Blue Lagoon Parking Garages, Miami, FL

Award of Excellence - Parking Operations / Programs
 Tampa Port Authority
 Channelside Parking Garage, Tampa, FL

Complete Listing of FPA Award Winners

Pacific Intermountain Parking and Transportation Association
Transportation issues increasingly seem at the heart of many of the challenges we face at universities, municipalities, hospitals, businesses, planning organizations and at home. How we get from one place to another and how much time and money it costs and the impact on the environment are central to many of our decisions and for many places and people where we might be headed in terms of transportation resources... more information.

Parking Association of Georgia
The Parking Association of Georgia will hold our annual conference at the Georgia Center on the University of Georgia Campus March 28-30, 2011. Registration information is available at www.parkingassociationofgeorgia.com.

Parking in the News

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· Parking Meter Rates Rise In New York City
· On Deck, Maybe: New Downtown Garage for Red Bank
· Easing of Parking Rules Will Lead to Traffic Congestion, Warn Campaigners
· Columbus' Smart Parking Meters To Take Plastic & Coins
· British Councils Struggle to Enforce Fines on Foreign Motorists
· Bluefield City Officials Keeping Projects in Mind for 2011
· Special Drive Against Parking Woes Just an Eyewash
· Law Cracks Down on Accessible-Parking ViolatorsVideo News Story
· NH Sets $250 Fine for Not Posting Disabled Signs
· Olympia Loses More Free Parking
· Police Crack Down on Misused Parking Spaces
· Paid Parking Coming to Downtown AugustaVideo News Story
· Sarasota's New Palm Avenue Parking Garage Opens Tomorrow
· City of Saskatoon to Roll Out Parking Meter Hoods in Addition to No-Parking Bags
· Chicago Street Parking Rates Going up Again
· Parking Fee Furor Rouses Buffalo City Hall
· Local Architectural Firm Honored for Design work in York
· Tight Downtown Wilmington Parking Calls for Increased Logistics
· Duluth City Council Rethinks Parking Meter Removals
· Pittsburgh Stadium Authority to Study North Shore parking
· Parking Tickets Back Up in Lincoln After Summer Slump
· Business Owners Pushing for Parking Changes in Downtown Moline
· Glenmont Metro Gets New Garage
· Frangos Sues Bank for Harming 'Good Name'
· Parking to Get Easier in LA with Streetline's iPhone App
· Scranton Council Plan Boasts Use of StreetSmarts
· Staycation Specials: Free Parking Available at Oakland Airport
· MRA Explains how Missoula Downtown Parking Garage Will be Financed
· New Parking Spots, Rates Coming to Elmira Corning Airport
· Town Seeks Security Cameras at Greenwich Plaza, Other Lots
· State College Rethinks Downtown Parking Rules

For these stories plus more, visit the Parking in the News section of IPI's website.