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Fifth Annual MSTPA Conference Set for March 12-14, 2012, in Nashville

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 25, 2011) - Mark your calendars! The 5th Annual Mid-South Transportation & Parking Association (MSTPA) Conference is set for Monday, March 12 through Wednesday, March 14, 2012. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

The MSTPA Board of Directors is excited to announce that Tom Turner, Director of the Nashville Downtown Partnership, will serve as the keynote speaker for the 2012 Conference. The educational sessions will focus on the role of parking and transportation in university/institutional settings, in downtown (re)development, and in the partnerships necessary between universities and municipalities; agenda details are still being finalized at this time.

While most presentations are slated for March 13 and 14, attendees and vendors alike are encouraged to arrive on Monday, March 12 to tour local facilities and operations, to take part in social activities and networking events and to attend the keynote address.

For attendees' convenience, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown. The conference rate is $135.

MSTPA's mission is to provide professional growth, development, and interaction among persons involved in the operation of transit and parking programs within Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee and adjacent states.   

For more information, visit or contact Chrissie Balding Tune.

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Texas Parking and Transportation Association would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members that attended our recent Roundtable and Networking session held on July 13, 2011 at Texas A & M University, in College Station. There were 46 attendees who enjoyed and obtained value from the presentations over financial planning, stakeholders and automated parking solutions. We would like to thank speakers Peter Lange and Kenny Kimball of Texas A & M University who presented "Keys to Strategic and Financial Planning in Today's Business Climate", Chuck Reedstrom of Kimley Horn & Associates, who presented "Getting Your Stakeholders to Help You Sell Your Parking Rate Increase", and Michael Civitelli of Walker Parking Consultants, who presented "De-Mystifying Automated Parking Structures". We extend a special thanks to Peter Lange and his assistant Rose Berryhill with A & M University for hosting this Roundtable and Networking Session. We would also like to thanks Liliana Rambo, CAPP and Kimberly Phelon for all their hard work on planning and organizing these beneficial sessions.

A s our TPTA Roundtables have been a great way to network free of charge, enjoy one day of highly educational sessions, plus get answers to challenging issues facing our organizations, they are extremely valuable to not only our members but to anyone in the Parking Industry.  I have included comments on our recent session from one of our new members, Matt Penney, Director of Parking & Transportation for Baylor University.

"Wednesday's TPTA Roundtable was a breath of fresh air.  I am new to the parking industry transitioning in from 10 years in public transportation.  Baylor University is a midsized university with a lot of opportunities to improve how we manage campus parking.  What I and Baylor need right now is exposure to solid parking solutions and the individuals who have travelled the roads we are sure to go down.  The roundtable was well promoted, well organized and well attended.  The presentations were of the same quality and competency of those seen at much larger venues.  And while I think everyone would have preferred to be at Baylor, Texas A&M University, specifically their Transportation Services division, was an outstanding host and did an excellent job of making everyone feel included.  It was a very good experience and I look forward to the next TPTA roundtable!", said Matt Penney.

Please be on the lookout for our next session and if you are interested in presenting or providing a location, please do not hesitate to let Dean Ahmad know as he will be overseeing the upcoming Roundtables and Networking Sessions, along with Kimberly Phelon who will continue her essential role in coordination of these events.

Save The Date for our 2012 TPTA Annual Conference which will be held March 28 - March 30, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in dynamic downtown Houston. For more information or to volunteer for the Houston Host Committee, please email Co-Chairs Eve Grubb or Liliana Rambo.

Please note we encourage you to send in any news worthy information from your city or business as we all are interested in what is taking place in the Texas parking industry. Communications is a top priority in every company and we know your input and expertise will allow our association publications and website to be a valuable source of information for those who are in the parking profession. Any information you feel are newsworthy, like promotions, changing and updates, please feel free to email Mary Mabry, and if you are not a member please visit our website and discover all the benefits we as an association can provide.