December 7, 2010

Texas Tech Gets Into the Holiday Spirit With "Toys for Tickets"

Toys for Tickets
Texas Tech University Parking Services found a way to inject the Holiday Spirit into parking tickets with their annual Toys for Tickets program. In conjunction with United States Marine Corp's Toys for Tots, from November 15th through December 5th each year, the university's parking services offers to dismiss an outstanding citation for a new toy donation. Of course, the receipt presented must be equal to or greater than the amount of the fine to have the citation dismissed.

"The students, faculty and staff enjoy the program, in that they can donate a toy and do something good instead of paying the fine and receiving a punishment of sorts," noted Heather Medley, marketing and training coordinator for University Parking Services. "We have dismissed about 60 citations this year and over the last five years we have donated over $7,500 worth of toys to Toys for Tots."

Additionally, collection barrels are placed at the points of entry to campus so all community members, even those without parking citations can donate.

"Toys for Tickets is a great way for students to give back while simultaneously dispelling some of those rumors that parking services is just in it to take students' money," added Medley.

2011 IPI Conference & Expo

IPI Conference Video
Click above to watch the 2011 IPI Conference & Expo video

IPI holds the world's largest Conference & Expo dedicated to the parking industry and if you have never attended, it's hard to prepare you for what to expect for the four days of education, networking and the largest trade show dedicated to parking products and services.  IPI's 2011 Conference & Expo will be held May 22-25 in Pittsburgh, Pa. and already is promising to be a must-attend event with education tracks consisting of Best Practices, Technology, Sustainability/Transportation and Metrics, and an Expo* hall with more than 110,000 sq. ft. of the latest cutting-edge technology and solution-providers who are looking to partner with you to increase efficiency and deliver the best in customer service to your end-user.  Couple that with hands-on operational tours, Shoptalks and Power Pitches, two keynote addresses and two general sessions and endless opportunities to network with industry peers and experts - you are guaranteed to walk away with tools and training to put into practice immediately!  Register by January 15, 2011 at Early Bird Rates plus receive all educational sessions on audio for FREE!

*IPI's 2011 Exhibit floor is 90% sold.  If you're looking to purchase space, visit immediately.

LEED and Sustainable Design Front and Center

IPI Webinar:
Strategies and Applications in LEED V3 and Sustainable Design Relating to Parking, Mixed-Use Structures and Transportation

This webinar on sustainable design and LEED will cover the how LEED works, as well as the recent changes in project certification with V3, or LEED 2009.  The presentation will incorporate design strategies and potential point values for garages, mixed-use structures, and transportation options in LEED V3, as well as the advantages and challenges of certain applications.  The webinar will also give an overview of Green Globes and the Sustainable Sites pilot program as they relate to the parking industry.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010  at 2:00 PM EST (60 minutes)
$35.00 for IPI Members
$50.00 for Non-Members

For more information and to register, visit the IPI e-Learning web site,

From the December Issue of the Parking Professional:
The Role of Sustainability in Parking Planning, Design and Operations
By Megan Leinart, LEED AP, BD+C - Tim Haahs and Associates, Inc.

Every industry has its own take on how sustainability influences its products and services, and on the scope of responsibility of those who develop and market them.  Parking is no different.  We face a unique challenge as we attempt to implement sustainable design strategies into the planning, design and construction of parking facilities, and collaborate with a cadre of organizations who would prefer to eradicate or strictly limit automobile use.

IPI Members can read the rest of this article and view past issues on The Parking Professional page of IPI's website.

Last Chance for Compensation Survey Data Collection

IPI wants to provide parking professionals with information that will help you and your organization remain competitive and successful. Attracting and retaining talented employees and knowing how your operation compares in terms of salaries, benefits, expenses, profits and procedures will help your organization to maximize its potential.  As such, IPI has asked Readex Research to survey the parking industry to develop a profile of parking operations and employee compensation. Many of you may have already received an email from Readex Research inviting you to participate - your reply is vital for valid results.

All survey answers will be handled in strict confidence by Readex and will be used only in tabulation with others. No respondent-identifiable or organization-identifiable information will be made available to IPI or published in the report. Nor will your e-mail address or response be used for any other purpose.
The deadline for completing the survey has been extended through Wednesday, December 15, 2010.  Please be sure to complete it today!
If you have any questions or need additional information in order to complete the survey, please contact Lauri Chudoba at or 540.371.7535.

The IPI Knowledge Center

The resources available to IPI members through IPI's Knowledge Center advance the parking profession, highlight proven practices and provide statistics and relevant parking facts and information. IPI is working to build the Knowledge Center to be an even greater resource for parking professionals and those in related fields who would benefit by having access to information about parking. The Knowledge Center offers a variety of resources that support and advance the parking profession and highlight the vital role of parking. To access all these resources, visit and use the member login box.

2011 IPI Professional Recognition Awards

IPI understands that facilities and operational procedures are critical elements of the parking business. However, the industry's most valuable assets are our human resources: the staff who operate, maintain and manage parking operations. To recognize the contributions of individuals to our industry, IPI is conducting the 5th Annual Professional Recognition Awards Program. The competition includes top honors for the following categories:
Parking Professional of the Year (for management/supervisory staff that directs an entire operation or manages multiple units within a department)
Parking Supervisor of the Year (supervises one or more employees within a department responsible for only one until within the department)
Parking Staff Member of the Year (for front-line staff)
Parking Organization of the Year

The deadline for submitting nominations is January 29, 2011. The official entry packet can be found online by visiting If you have any questions, please contact Lauri Chudoba at 540.371.7535.

IPI CareerHQ - The Industry's Leading Online Career Resource

Always free to individuals looking for new career opportunities, to make the job board even more useful to employers, IPI is announcing a new pricing model:
Single 30-day job posting - $49
Includes resume database search

Annual Subscription - $299
One fee, unlimited job postings
(each job runs for 30 days)
Includes resume database search

Reach thousands of parking professionals! Each job posting is included in the IPInsider as well as on the home page of the IPI website. For more information on posting a job opportunity, visit the Employers section of the IPI CareerHQ.

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 or 540.371.7535.

State of the States

Michigan Parking Association
As the lyric's to Bob Dylan's song The Time They are a Changing was the theme topic as well for the Michigan Parking Associations fall conference held in the State's Capitol city of Lansing.  So how does this all relate to your business?  Simple.  Just about everyone is going through really tough times right now.  The economy and our uncertain future may have shaken your company's foundation.  The old rules just don't seem to work or apply anymore... more information.

New England Parking Council
The New England Parking Council is looking for presenters and presentations for our 20th Annual Parking and Transportation Conference on March 23rd & 24th, 2011 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, MA.  The conference theme is "Got Innovation?"  We expect 200 people and will offer two tracks of educational seminars; one track geared towards Innovations in Parking, and one track geared towards Innovations in Transportation... more information.

Pacific Intermountain Parking and Transportation Association
PIPTA in 2011 Save the Date!  Note Change in Location!  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

Texas Parking Association
Please don't forget to renew your TPA membership this month. Please logon to the TPA website and click the join button to sign up online. It is fast, convenient and you will receive your receipt via email within minutes of registering. If you have not received notification via email, please make sure we have you in our system by... more information.

Parking in the News

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  • Columbia County to Crack Down on Handicapped Parking Violations
  • New Fayetteville Organization Created to Deal with Paid ParkingVideo News Story
  • SGA Officials Push to Hike Parking Decal Fees at UCF
  • New York City Cracks Down on Tickets Left Unpaid
  • Double Trouble for Ignoring Meters
  • No Such Thing As Free Parking
  • The Prized Parking SpotVideo News Story
  • West Lafayette Parking Proposal Rejected
  • South Bend Offers $6.5 Million for Parking GarageVideo News Story
  • More Credit, Debit Parking Meters To Be Installed in Downtown El Paso
  • Parking Tickets Help Pay for Crossing Guards in Abilene
  • Parking Garage Open as Downtown Transit Center Nears Completion
  • New Meters Installed in Downtown MinneapolisVideo News Story
  • KC Has a New Angle on Parking
  • 'One of a kind' Way to Park in Durham
  • Delmar Studies Mirrored Parking Laws
  • Wayfinding Signs Coming to Downtown Waterloo
  • Glendale is Latest City to Increase Cost of Parking Tickets

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