State of the States

If your state or regional parking association is not represented here please send your State of the State Digest items to IPI's Membership Director, Mark Gedris at

Parking Association of the Virginias

On May 13, from 9AM-3PM, at the Downtown Richmond Marriott, the Parking Association of the Virginias (PAV) will host its Spring Annual Meeting. Lighting expert Shawn Good, PE, LC, LEED, Brijac Engineering's Lighting Department Manager will present, "Lighting - Technology and Design, a Balancing Act". Like last year, one hour of CE Credit can be obtained for attending this informative and timely session. Other activities will include a panel discussion and a tour of the garage we learned about at last year's meeting at Metromont. Complete information about the annual meeting can be found at

PAV would like to thank Richard McGee from the West Virginia University Department of Public Safety for his dedication to PAV over the years. Rich is retiring this June. His friends at PAV cannot thank him enough for his efforts on the Board and at annual meetings and workshops. He always has a kind word and a smile for everyone and of course, nobody can forget his laugh. A big thanks to Rich and we wish him well on the next chapter of his life.

Texas Parking & Transportation Association

Have you heard the news about Texas Parking Association? On March 30, 2011 they changed their name to Texas Parking and Transportation Association at the 2011 Conference and Tradeshow where the members approved the change during the annual business meeting. Our association had a really good turnout for our annual conference that took place in Addison on March 30-April 1, 2011 with 168 registered attendees. Not only did we enjoy numerous networking opportunities but experienced valuable educational sessions plus resources that were available during this conference. Along with our name change, TP & TA instituted our new by-laws that can be viewed on our website at

We want to take this opportunity to thank our members, vendors, sponsors and presenters for their support, assistance and attendance. We extend our gratitude to our sponsors, Toledo Ticket Company, Carl Walker, Mitchell Time & Parking, Linebarger Goggin Blair & Sampson, LLC, Duncan Solutions, Digital Printing Systems, Associated Time, Ampco System Parking, Precast Concrete Manufacturers' Association of Texas, Federal Signal Technologies, T2 Systems and DFW International Airport. Please click on this link for a list of all our specific sponsors and vendors who enabled us to have this conference through booth participation and their generosity,

We would also like to thank the following presenters for their industry direction and expertise. Our speakers were Jeff Montoya with Associated Time & Parking Controls, Linsey Duett and Bobby Stone with the University of Texas at Austin, Dan Dickerson and Sonya Jackson with Association for Commuter Transportation, Andy Troth with Baylor Medical Center, Michael Drow and Brian Scoggins with Standard Parking Corp., Clarence Kemper with Skidata, Inc., Dr. Barbara Chance with Chance Management Advisors, Inc., Thuy Cobb and Sherry Carter with DFW International Airport and Michael Civitelli with Walker Parking Consultants. All presentations that were forwarded are now on the website and can be viewed by clicking this link

An added bonus to our conference, TP&TA members were honored as Governor Rick Perry designated and proclaimed March 28-April 1, 2011 as Parking Professional Appreciation Week in Texas. Scott Kangas, CAPP, who is a TP&TA board member as well as an IPI member initiated the proclamation and posted tips on how to establish a proclamation which was published in the March 15, 2011 IPInsider issue.

Thanks to all who participated in the Texas Parking Association Roundtable on February 21, 2011 at the University Texas of Austin. With over 250 years of experience in attendance, there was a great exchange of knowledge and expertise. Attendees ranged from those with six months experience to veterans with 30 years and they all left with information on how to improve their operations.

The topics covered included:
• Pros and Cons of using an outside vendor for collections;
• How to increase revenue through collections and capture old debt, as well as,
• Best Practices for a successful parking operation.

The TPA Roundtables are a place where you get answers to challenging issues facing your organizations. Many parking professionals are there to share their expertise on how they developed solutions for the same problems. TPA presents this training opportunity for FREE and attendees have the added benefit of networking. TP&TA along with the leadership of Liliana Rambo, CAPP have set the next date for the 2011 Parking Roundtable and Networking Session. Implementation of this program was intended for the Roundtable to further the field of knowledge and demonstrate to businesses and employees the benefits of improving the various aspects of the parking industry through educational programs and networking. The next Roundtable will be held In June, at Texas A & M University, College Station. Please plan to attend as this is a FREE session that will benefit you in many ways. All details will be posted on the web as soon as they are established. If you have a topic of interest or you would like to present, please contact Liliana Rambo, CAPP at

As we all know, communications is a top priority in every company and we know your input and expertise will allow our association publications to be a valuable source of information for those who are in the parking industry. If you are not currently a member of the TP&TA, please visit our website to discover all the benefits and features we as an association can provide for you and your company. Please forward any information such as articles, information, promotions and job openings to Mary Mabry, or Dean Ahmad,