November 23, 2010

IPI Receives TSA Partnership Award for First Observer

(from left to right) Cindy Campbell; Gale Rossides, Deputy Administrator, TSA; Shawn Conrad
On Friday, November 19, the International Parking Institute received the Partnership Award from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) during TSA's 9th Annual Honorary Awards Ceremony Program for its First Observer Training Program. The award recognizes industry partners or other government employees whose accomplishments and excellence in performance distinctly benefit the interest of the United States and clearly advance TSA's mission to protect the nation's transportation systems while significantly enhancing TSA's ability to achieve its strategic goals: Prevent and Protect; Respond and Restore; Organization Effectiveness. IPI Chair, Cindy Campbell and IPI Executive Director, Shane Conrad, CAE, accepted the award of behalf of IPI.IPI was the only association to win an award. For more information on First Observer and how you and your staff can utilize this free training program, visit the First Observer page of the IPI website or contact Henry Wallmeyer, IPI Deputy Director, at 540.371.7535.

The Parking Professional - The Green Issue

The December issue of The Parking Professional - The Green Issue - has been mailed and should be arriving in your mailbox any day now.  Featured this month are articles on sustainability in parking planning and design as well as innovative transportation services and profiles on environmentally friendly garages and parking systems. Members can view the current issue and past issues on The Parking Professional page of the IPI website. 
Interested in submitting an article for The Parking Professional? Visit here to learn more about submitting an article and for the 2011 editorial calendar or contact Henry Wallmeyer, Managing Editor at 540.371.7535.
Advertising information is available by contacting Romi Schneider at 703.323.5783.

IPI State and Regional Outreach Program: CPPA and IPI Partner for Parking Matters Special Event

What if we could gather a group of city managers, planners, developers and financial officers (non parking professionals) in a room - in your city or state - for a few hours and enlighten them as to why Parking Matters?  That was the big idea behind a joint IPI and California Public Parking Association (CPPA) by-invitation-only event held immediately prior to CPPA's annual conference last week. The verdict: The program was a great success. More than 30 attendees were treated to a breakfast seminar which started with an introduction by IPI executive director Shawn Conrad, CAE, and an overview of emerging trends and technologies by IPI Chair Cindy Campbell, Cal Poly State University Police. Mott Smith, Civic Enterprise Associates, provided an "Insider's Guide to Closing the Gap Between Paper Regulations and Real Life Parking Operations," Lee Bourque, Sr. of Carl Walker, Inc., Atlanta, talked about "Easy Money: Secrets to Improving the Auditing Process and Improving Cash Handling," and Robert Horch, City of San Luis Obispo, rounded out the program talking about "Parking Politics, Pitfalls and Progress." Special thanks to Chad Lynn, City of Beverly Hills and Marlene Cramer, Cal Poly University Police (outgoing and incoming CPPA Presidents) for their efforts. If the idea of a Parking Matters program to educate key, non-parking decision-makers at the state and regional level is of interest to you, contact Helen Sullivan, IPI communications counsel, at

IPI Webinar: LEED V3 and Sustainable Design

Strategies and Applications in LEED V3 and Sustainable Design Relating to Parking, Mixed-Use Structures and Transportation
Wednesday, December 15, 2:00 EST
Rachel Yoka, CPSM, LEED AP, Timothy Haahs & Associates, Inc.
Megan Leinart, LEED AP BD+C, Timothy Haahs & Associates, Inc.
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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.
Participants will gain a comprehensive overview of how these trends have impacted garage design and planning, a detailed understanding of the particular points and strategies, and how sustainable design decisions can impact parking design and operations.
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,

Pittsburgh - Site of 2011 IPI Conference & Expo

Once the hub of the Industrial Revolution, Pittsburgh has shed its image as a dirty steel town and emerged as a world leader in the green building movement.  Ranked as the "greenest" city in America by the Green Building Alliance (GBA), it's perfectly fitting as the location for the 2011 IPI Conference & Expo with education focusing specifically on sustainability and the Expo being held in the David L Lawrence Convention Center -- the first convention center to be certified green. Pittsburgh's convenient location places it less than 500 miles from most major U.S. cities, and a two-hour flight or less from more than 50 percent of the U.S. and Canadian population, making it an affordable and accessible location for parking professionals seeking professional development, networking and access to the latest technology.  For more information, including "What's New" and to register for the 2011 IPI Conference & Expo, visit

RFPs Posted on IPI RFP Portal

City of Covina, Calif.
For: Parking Meters

Pangborn Memorial Airport, East Wenatchee, Wash.
For: Parking Facility Management

City of Dover, New Hampshire
For: Environmental and Geo-Technical Analysis

City Mount Vernon, N.Y.
For: Consulting Services

City of Ashland, Ore.
For: Parking Enforcement & Administration Services

The Calgary Stampede, Calgary, Alberta Canada
For: Consulting Services

Portland Community College, Portland, Ore.
For: Consulting 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 Mark Gedris, IPI Director of Membership, at

Have a Sample RFP You Would Be Willing to Share? IPI is in the process of collecting sample RFP/RFQs to include in the IPI Knowlegde Center section of the new IPI website.  Send your sample RFP/RFQs to

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.

Be Recognized For Your Accomplishments in the Industry - 2011 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.

State of the States

Florida Parking Association
Just a short note about an incident that made me stop and think during this busy holiday season.

As many of you remember, Carol Easterling was a founding member of Florida Parking Association and a very devoted Board member and friend (and long-time member of IPI).  Because of the information listing on our website, I received an almost 'begging to return the call' message from a woman that I did not recognize.  However, she relayed that she had known Carol for many years, and was trying to find information about her. She had recently gone to a high school reunion in Cocoa Beach, FL and had just heard about Carol's passing.  She was very visibly shaken.  She and Carol... more information.

New England Parking Council
NEPC Call for Presentations! 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

Pennsylvania Parking Association
Look for our next conference wrap-up newsletter!

Future event dates coming:
- 2011 Spring Training
- 2011 Fall Annual Conference

Thank you to all attendees, exhibitors, and presenters who contributed to making the conference in State College a great success!

Member Get a Member Campaign
Good through December 2010! Recruit a new member in the year 2010 and receive... more information

Parking in the News

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  • Pre-paid Parking Cards on Way Out in Dubai
  • Local S.C. Governments Installing Car Chargers
  • New Parking Near DIA Aims to be the "Greenest"
  • Chattanooga Airport Looking At Adding Parking Deck
  • SEPTA Giving Up Cards for Parking Lots
  • Bloomberg Drops Bomb: Parking Meter Rates Going UpVideo News Story
  • West Windsor Township Planning Parking
  • Pocono Medical Center Wants to Build Parking Deck
  • Chapel Hill Pushes Alternative Transportation Fridays
  • Michael Rivers Fights Springfield Parking Ticket With Lawsuit, Appeals
  • Parking Meter Decapitations Put Locked Bikes at Risk
  • Parking Woes hit Businesses in Bangalore
  • Bend, Oregon to End Parking Validation, Cites Abuse
  • Whittier Consultant Proposes Parking Meters for Uptown Area
  • Anderson Township Places Unfinished Garage Property on TIF List
  • Unhappy With Parking Permit Changes in ConnecticutVideo News Story
  • Technology Upgrade Could Increase Williamsport's Parking Revenue
  • Second Economy Parking Lot is Open at Memphis International
  • Milwaukee County to Repair O'Donnell Park
  • Indianapolis Council Passes Parking PlanVideo News Story
  • Downtown Naperville Commission to Look at Parking Issue
  • Shreveport City Council Receives Parking Debacle Report
  • Pittsburgh City Council Unveils New Parking Proposal
  • Portsmouth, N.H., May Give 3 Weeks Free Parking for Holidays
  • Seattle City Council Deciding Parking Fee IncreasesVideo News Story
  • Wilmington Officials Fight Perception of Unsafe Parking Areas

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