IPInsider - July 20, 2010

Volume 2, Issue 14

CAPP Two-Day Seminar: Parking Facility Design, Rehabilitation & Maintenance

IPI will be holding the next CAPP two-day seminar, Parking Facility Design, Rehabilitation & Maintenance, at the Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, Calif. on September 14-15, 2010. Please also note the following additional information:

· The registration rate is $400 for IPI members and $600 for non-members.
· The deadline for hotel reservations is August 23, 2010; if you are planning to attend, please do not delay in making your arrangements.
· CAPP testing will be held on Wednesday, September 15th in the Oasis 6 room however, the room is subject to change.
· The $109/night room rate is available for three nights prior to the 14th and three nights after the 15th in case you would like to come in early or leave a little later to enjoy the resort.
· The IPI Board of Directors, Advisory Council and committees will be meeting concurrently with the CAPP seminar. The tentative schedule for the meetings is on the top of page four.

More information, including registration, tentative schedule, and accommodation information is available by downloading the seminar brochure.
If you should have any questions, required additional information or are interested in applying to the CAPP Program, please contact Lauri Chudoba at 540.371.7535.

The Importance of Being PCI Compliante-learning logo

Upcomming Webinar: Pay Now or Pay Later - The Risks Associated with Ignoring PCI DSS Compliance
July 28, 2010 at 2:00 PM EDT (60 minutes)
Stefanie Bartak, Compliance and PCI DSS Coordinator, First National Merchant Solutions, LLC

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) has been a hot topic for a number of years for IPI members. This webinar will provide important information on this evolving industry initiative, including merchant requirements for PCI DSS validation, methods of validation and why compliance is relevant to your business. It will also address the statistical information surrounding compliance and security breeches. As stewards of the parking industry, it is the responsibility of all us to ensure cardholder data is secure through every step of the transaction process. Failure to do so reflects badly on our industry, and can lead to cardholder mistrust, litigation, fines, and for some, bankruptcy and the loss of their business. Make sure you attend this webinar because the risks associated with non-compliance of card association rules and regulations can range from loss of reputation to financial ruin.

This presentation will apply to Canadian merchants as the requirements of PCI DDS are the same, but will also address the slight differences.

$35.00 for IPI Members
$50.00 for Non-Members

For more information and to register, visit the IPI e-Learning web site, www.parking.org/webinars.

August The Parking Professional Hot Off the Press

The August issue of The Parking Professional has been mailed and should be arriving in your mailbox any day now. Featured this month are articles on trends in parking monetization, tax deducations for lighting technology, multi-modal campus safety and the parking crunch at community colleges. The August issue is full of useful and timely information. Interested in submitting an article for The Parking Professional? Contact Henry Wallmeyer, Managing Editor at 540.371.7535 or wallmeyer@parking.org.

Advertising information is available by contacting Romi Schneider at 703.323.5783 or romi@parking.org.

Colliers International Releases 2010 Parking Rate Study

Global real estate services firm, Colliers International, recently released the findings of its 10th annual North America Parking Rate Survey. The survey, which includes 56 central business districts across North America (U.S. - 44, Canada - 12), indicates that even in the face of economic hardship, parking rates have held steady over the past 12 months. Among its findings:
United States
· Monthly parking rates increased marginally during the past 12 months, rising $1.83 or 1.1%.
· The monthly U.S. median parking rate now averages $161.56 per month.
· By contrast daily rates decreased slightly dropping 1.4%.
· The U.S. median rate for daily parking now averages $16.36.
· Extremes in monthly parking rates range from a high of $1,200.00 in midtown Manhattan to a low of $20.00 in Memphis.
· Just 15% of cities surveyed indicated new garages will be constructed in the next 24 months.
· Monthly parking rates increased by $4.50, a 2.0% gain over the past year, compared with a 9.9% increase during the 2008/2009 period.
· The monthly median parking rate in Canada now averages $224.10 CAD.
· By comparison Canadian daily rates increased by 3.8% after increasing 9.9% in 2008/2009
· In central business districts across Canada the median rate for daily parking now averages $14.83.
The complete 2010 North American Parking Rates Survey is available on the Colliers International website.

Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTL's)

In an effort to provide the market with products that are reliable and safe for use by the consumer, manufacturers routinely submit their products for testing to prove they comply with published OSHA safety standards. This testing is done by OSHA certified Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTL's) throughout the United States, Canada, and other countries. The successful completion of the product testing allows the product to carry a mark indicating it meets these safety standards. The most recognizable of these are UL (Underwriters Laboratory), CUL (Canadian Underwriters Laboratory), and CE from the European Union. The process for testing products for compliance to the OSHA standards is both a costly and time consuming one for manufacturers involving product submission for initial review, report of initial evaluation and required modifications for compliance, and resubmission for testing after modifications have been made. Due to high demand, the waiting time for this process using Underwriters Laboratory may take eighteen months or more. In reality, this testing may be completed in a much shorter time by any of the hundreds of other NRTL's and be certified as compliant with the same OSHA standards but would be carry a mark of that Laboratory. They would carry a name such as:
· TÜV SÜD America, Inc. (TUVAM)
· Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc. (ITSNA) (formerly ETL)
· Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
· SGS U.S. Testing Company, Inc. (SGSUS)
· Etc.
rather than the UL mark of the Underwriters Laboratory or the CUL mark of the Canadian Underwriters Laboratory that we as consumers are most familiar with.
Survey Question
If products you were considering purchasing were tested and approved by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory other than Underwriters Laboratory as compliant with OSHA standards, how would this affect your acceptance of this product as compared to one with UL or CUL marks?
[ ] Considered equally acceptable
[ ] Considered slightly less acceptable
[ ] Not acceptable. I look for UL or CUL marks

UC Irvine Extension Creates Sustainable Community Planning & Development Program

The University of California, Irvine Extension recently announced the launch of its new "Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Planning & Development," developed to meet the needs for interdisciplinary planning and development continuing education training that focuses on incorporating sustainability into community environments. The first of its kind, this program is designed to provide leaders and emerging leaders with the skills necessary to guide smart growth, identify sustainability best practices, implement public policy applications, and enhance collaborations for commercial, mixed-use, residential, civic centers, and parks from small to large metropolitan sites. Interested parties may register in August and begin taking courses for this program starting this Fall.
Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Planning & Development Courses
· A Collaborative Approach to Sustainable Sites
· Sustainability & Ecosystems Services Planning
· Developing Green & Sustainable Planned Communities
· Sustainable Healthy Communities
· Sustainable Infrastructure
To learn more about the Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Planning & Development, please visit www.extension.uci.edu. To register for the Fall courses, call 949.824.5414 or e-mail sustainability@uci.edu.

State of The States

Florida Parking Association
The Florida Parking Association presents our bi-annual Educational Seminar which will feature sessions from experts in the parking industry. In addition, we are pleased to present End User Training from First Observer (in cooperation with Dept. of Homeland Security) whose mission is to enhance and promote, through awareness, our ability to protect our highway and infrastructure from risks associated with terrorism... more information.

New England Parking Council
The New England Parking Council will hold its 2nd Annual Municipal Forum on Wednesday, August 11th, in New Haven, CT at the Courtyard by Marriott. The Forum is free to NEPC members and $40 for non-members. Lunch and parking is included! We've got a great agenda lined up:
· We're very excited to be piggybacking on the success of the First Observer Anti-Terrorism training at the IPI Conference & Expo, and have secured First Observer's parking-specific training... more information.

Pacific Intermountain Parking and Transportation Association
Planning efforts are really ramping up for the 2010 Rocky Mountain Transportation and Parking Summit. With only fifteen days remaining in the countdown, the conference committee is adding the finishing touches on what is promised to be a conference like no other. The committee's hard work and toil throughout the past seven months has paid off in so many ways. This conference will host a record number of exhibitors... more information.

Pennsylvania Parking Association
SAVE THE DATE! PPA's Annual Conference returns to State College!
September 29 - October 1, 2010
Nittany Lion Inn
Keynote Speaker - Mark Bodenschatz
Associate Athletic Director of Facilites and Operations, Penn State University... more information.

Southwest Parking Association
The Southwest Parking Association's ninth annual conference and trade show will be held in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, September 20 - 24. We hope you will join us at this year's annual conference and share with us how your parking knowledge. Call for Presentations - Proposals regarding any topic of interest to our industry are welcomed... more information.

Texas Parking Association
This is the last week to register for the Texas Parking Association 2010 Roundtable and Networking Session which will be held on July 26, 2010 at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. These series are a great opportunity for Universities, Municipalities, Airports and Hospital parking professionals... more information.

Parking in the News

The latest industry news and vital industry information:
· D.C. Parking To Get Easier, More Complicated
· Colliers: South Florida Parking a Bargain
· Court Declines to Halt Reading Citadel Parking Project
· Inspection of Milwaukee Structures Complete, Report Filed
· NCCU Parking To Be Ready For Semester
· Port Authority in Parking Fees Fight, Tries to Force Competitors to Pay Them
· Lack of Training Put Parking Security Guard in Dangerous Situation
· Florida: We Can't Help With the Parking You'll Lose
· Cars at Curbside, Available to Share
· Oklahoma-Invented Parking Meter Turns 75
· Lots to Buy For Tampa Parking Kings After Real Estate Bust
· Cincinnati Loses Millions To Unpaid Parking Tickets
· Park 'n' Bike Offers Deal To Arsenal Workers
· Will 'Solar Trees' Sprout in Parking Lots?
· Salt Lake City Proposes New Parking Meter System
· Multiple Parking Meters Stolen in Rehoboth Beach
· New Parking Tricks Exposed: No Wonder You Can't Find a Parking Spot in LA
· Detroit Edison to Build $1 Million Solar Installation on Blue Cross Parking Structure
· Honolulu's $100 Million Traffic Center Gets Moving
· Washington County Saves One Million Dollars on Parking Deck
· Newark, Ohio, Parking Free, but Stores Upset
· Wildwood Tests Meter-Feeding by Phone
· Clipper to Roll Out Parking Garage Pilot Program
· Walnut Creek Downtown Redevelopment Plan Takes Huge Step Forward
· Phoenix to Scan for Parking Scofflaws
· Effectively Managing Downtown San Diego's Parking Supply
For these stories plus more, visit the Parking in the News section of IPI's website.