November 9, 2010

NFL Teams Host Anti-Terrorism Training Sessions for Stadium Parking

NFL teams are being encouraged to participate in the training in First Observer™, a government-funded Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) national security program that uses parking professionals and others as foot soldiers in the war against terrorism.

"First Observer has become a very important initiative for us," explains Shawn Conrad, CAE, Executive Director of the International Parking Institute (IPI), the largest trade association of parking professionals and the parking industry. "There are now close to two thousand First Observer-trained parking professionals and we anticipate that number to grow exponentially over the months ahead." IPI was instrumental in developing the parking-specific First Observer training module and next week will receive TSA's Partner of the Year Award.

According to Jeffrey Miller, the National Football League's director of strategic security programs, "We are eager to provide NFL personnel with access to meaningful training opportunities, and from the positive feedback I've received, the First Observer program fits the bill."

Miller is encouraging all NFL teams to take advantage of this free, government-sponsored training.  "We appreciate the foresight of the International Parking Institute in bringing the First Observer program to the attention of the NFL," said Miller. Two teams have already completed training and Miller predicts that many others will be scheduling First Observer training in the months ahead.


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IPI Begins Compensation Survey Data Collection

IPI wants to provide parking professionals with information that will help them and their 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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lauri Chudoba at or 540.371.7535.

Next IPI Webinar: Parking Facility Maintenance

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Proper maintenance is a key factor in determining whether a parking garage will remain a valuable asset or sadly deteriorate into a liability for the owner.
Parking Facility Structural and Waterproofing Maintenance - Forestalling Major Restoration
Christopher Przywara, P.E., Principal, THP Limited, Inc.

This webinar will:
· Give an overview of structural and waterproofing problems typically found in today's precast and cast-in-place post-tensioned parking facilities.
· Teach you how to identify and respond to critical problems.
· Educate you on how to identify when problems have progressed to a level which perhaps dictates the need for a major restoration project.

Wednesday, November 17, 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,
Chris Przywara is a nationally recognized parking facilities restoration consultant with more than 27 years experience on approximately 500 structures nationwide. Chris, a graduate from the University of Notre Dame and MIT, is an accomplished speaker and has been the instructor for the day-long Restoration and Maintenance Seminar for IPI's CAPP Program since its inception in 1992.
At THP, Chris manages a 12 person group of consultants that survey, plan, design, and administer restoration projects across the United States. He is well suited to understand the challenged state of today's parking restoration industry, and share his understanding with others.

Congratulations to the Newest CAPP Candidates and Graduates!

IPI is pleased to announce that the following individuals have recently successfully completed the Certified Administrator of Public Parking (CAPP) requirements and exam and are now certified through IPI and the University of Virginia.  They will be honored at the CAPP Graduation Ceremony being held at the 2011 IPI Conference & Expo in Pittsburgh, Pa. May 22-25:

Gordon Dash, CAPP
Parking Administrator - City of Raleigh - Raleigh, N.C.

Amy K. Orr, CAPP
Parking Manager - College of Charleston - Charleston, S.C.

Danette Perry, CAPP
Parking Services Manager - City of Berkeley, Transportation - Berkeley, Calif.

Krishna D. Singh, CAPP
Director, Parking & Transportation -  University of Central Florida - Orlando, Fla.

Gregory J. Stormberg, CAPP
Chief Operating Officer - Parkmobile USA, Inc. - Atlanta, Ga.

The following individuals have recently been accepted into the CAPP program.  We congratulate them on their decision and commitment to enroll in the most rigorous coursework in the parking and transportation industry:

Nicole Bandas
Assistant Director, Transportation & Parking Services - Boise State University - Boise, Idaho

Sherry Carter
Manager, Parking Guest Operations - Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport, Parking Business Unit - Dallas, Texas

Chris Chettle
Senior Vice President, Sales - Digital Payment Technologies Corp. - Burnaby, British Columbia  Canada

Gabriel Dennis
Assistant Manager, Parking Operations - Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport Board - Dallas, Texas

Darren Downey
General Manager - FNP Parking - Winnipeg, Manitoba  Canada

Jamie Fish
Operations Manager / Parking Manager - Ocean Center/ County of Volusia - Daytona Beach, Fla.

Jon Frederick
Parking Manager - City of Portsmouth  -  Portsmouth, N. H.

John MacDonald
Vice President of Administration - Scheidt & Bachmann USA, Inc. - Burlington, Mass.

Anand Rampersad
Assistant Director, Operations - University of Central Florida, Parking & Transportation Services - Orlando, Fla.

Jack L. Tawney, II
Assistant Director, Parking & Transportation - East Carolina University - Greenville, N.C.

Congratulations to all those new to the program.

For more information on the CAPP Program, visit the CAPP section of the IPI website or contact Lauri Chudoba.

"G'day, Mate", IPI Chair-Elect Travels to Australia

Casey Jones, Director of Transportation & Parking services at Boise State University is currently representing IPI in the Continent of Australia. Mr. Jones will be presenting Larry Schneider, Parking Association of Australia's President with a plaque recognizing PAA as an International Affiliate of IPI.

During the past year PAA and IPI have worked together to share information and offer programs and services to respective memberships. Thanks to the strategic vision these two leaders for making this partnership possible.

CAPP Media Seminar Announced

CAPP LogoIPI will host its CAPP Media Seminar -You're On! How the Media Gets Your Message, February 5-6, 2011. 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.

RFPs Posted on IPI RFP Portal

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

Portland Community College, Portland, Ore.
For: Parking Consulting Services

City of Pontiac, Michigan
For: Parking and Lot Maintenance 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

From the November Issue of The Parking Professional

City of Wilmington, N.C., Solves Downtown Parking Challenges in a Tough Economy
By Brett Wood, P.E.

Despite challenging economic times, the City of Wilmington, N.C., is leveraging advanced planning concepts, parking management best practices, and collaborative community engagement strategies to achieve an exciting new vision for its downtown. Though dealing with limited funds for parking management and economic development, the city's elected officials and planning department expect a strong local recovery and have become focused on new development and redevelopment opportunities in the core central business district. Several large tracts of waterfront property are available for redevelopment purposes, and several infill development opportunities exist within the community. At the same time, the development community is looking to the city for partnership in these projects - primarily for the provision of on-site parking. The city was faced with determining what level of commitment to make to leverage parking in return for the community's economic development. In addition, the city wanted to identify options to lessen its financial and infrastructure commitments without negating growth opportunities.


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

How Effective is Your Parking Enforcement?

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In almost every city, finding a parking is a daily challenge. We know that it is because there are more cars in prime parking areas than spaces. However, we also know that enforcement of these limited on-street parking spaces cannot be done in a vacuum and the three fundamental reasons that make it necessary to control the parking of vehicles: safety, vehicle turnover, and quality of life. Information to help you thrive in your enforcement can be found in IPI's Parking 101: A Parking Primer.

Kaye S. Beechum's chapter, Parking Enforcement, address the reasons why parking enforcement is necessary, the reason for various parking restrictions, and the methods of enforcement. Joseph P. Sciulli  & Duke Hanson's chapter, Parking Surveys and Studies discuss an overall guide to conducting and using the information gathered through surveys to ensure parking regulations and enforcement operations are managed in effective and efficient manner possible. 

These are just two of the 17 highly informative chapters in Parking 101: A Parking Primer that provide the best information and training available to succeed as a parking and transportation professional. To see the other areas covered and to order your copy for the IPI Member Special Rate of only $89, visit

IPI At a State Parking Association Near You!

This is a busy time for the leaders and organizers at the State/ Regional Parking Associations. Over the past several weeks, there have been many wonderful conferences offering training, exhibits, and time with venders and opportunities to renew friendships with your peers.

IPI has been welcomed to these meetings with open arms. The state association partners have showcased a number of IPI programs, including: Parking Matters - IPI's new industry awareness program, the Technology Committee's "Access and Revenue Control Technology" and the Parking Specific Anti-terrorism Training - "First Observer" in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration.

Kudos to all Board members at the State Associations for all your hard work and dedication to provide excellent professional development!

Parking Matters at IACP Conference

Know Parking for Law EnforcementEarlier this month, representatives from IPI travelled to Orlando, Florida, to attend the 2010 International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference to promote IPI; further enhance the parking industry's image; and educate and inform law enforcement officials from around the world on the latest issues and technology in the parking industry.  Our attendance was well received and we appreciated the opportunity to interact with this important industry segment and discuss parking enforcement issues and the new technologies to assist enforcement officers.

Next month, IPI will be attending the National League of Cities' Congress of Cities Conference and Tradeshow in Denver, Colo.  If you or one of your colleagues are attending come by Booth # 1145 and say hello.

Boost Your Bottom Line - Advertise in The Parking Professional

Start the year off right and give a boost to your bottom line by advertising your products and services in The Parking Professional. The January 2011 issue will focus on Airports, Parking Guidance Systems, Wayfinding, Signage, Shuttle Operations and Industry Trends.
The deadline to submit your contract and reserve your space is:  Monday, November 15, 2010.

Check out the 2011 Editorial Calendar to plan your 2011 advertising and avoid missing out on your favorite issues! Click here to download a PDF version.

Each issue of The Parking Professional features articles from experts throughout the industry relating to the editorial topic of that issue. Industry advice is provided in the recurring, "Ask The Experts" department, and the "Product Spotlight" section showcases new products, technologies and industry trends.

The Parking Professional is the place to showcase your products and services. Each month, thousands of decision-makers across the parking world read The Parking Professional. Don't miss the opportunity to put your company right in front of people with decision-making abilities! Advertise in The Parking Professional today!

Don't delay; contact Romi Schneider at or 703.323.5783  to schedule your advertisements in The Parking Professional.

IPI CareerHQ

IPI Career HQIPI is proud to present IPI Career HQ, an online resource designed to help employers recruit qualified parking industry professionals, and to help parking professionals make employment connections.

Associate Director, Transportation & Parking - UC San Diego- San Diego, Calif.

General Manager, Parking Meter Operations - LAZ Parking Chicago, LLC - Chicago, Ill.

Director of Sales/ New Business Developer - LAZ Parking - Washington, D.C.

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.

State of the States

Florida Parking Association
Florida Parking Association

Florida Parking Association has been very busy since August putting our 31st Annual Conference together! Whew......the race is on! And, the winners are going to be at the Daytona Beach Hilton Resort, December 1 - 3, participating in the grand event!

Starting with the golf tournament at the LPGA International course and the mini-golf tournament at the Lagoon on Wednesday morning, it is non-stop learning & networking with parking professionals until the flags drop and the race is over on Friday.

Parking professionals will present sessions on new technology, auditing techniques, customer service, the evolution of the car, diverse uses within a garage, and what is happening in parking today. And, First Observer will conduct a "Training the Trainer" session, complete with certification... more information.

New England Parking Council
New Englanders, mark your calendars! The New England Parking Council has several exciting events planned. The Municipal and Educational Forums were so successful last year that we've added a Hospital Forum! The day will be geared to hospital parking and transportation issues, challenges, and solutions!
· First Annual Hospital Forum! Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 at Mass General Hospital in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

NEPC Educational Forums include lunch and are FREE to members... more information.

Texas Parking Association
The Texas Parking Association will hold their annual Texas Parking Association Conference and Expo in Dallas, Texas at the Crowne Plaza, 14315 Midway Road, Addison, Texas during the week of March 29, 2011 - April 1, 2011. As we are all excited about this conference, we look forward to all the educational presentations that will be offered as well as the beneficial opportunities we hope to gain. This year as a part of our educational value, development, and mutual networking will be focusing on several different aspects of industry resources, training and expertise. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend as there will be something for everyone and we look forward to seeing you. More information will be posted to the TPA website soon.  If you are interested in sponsoring an upcoming Roundtable and Networking Session or if you have suggestions on topics you would like to acquire more knowledge on, please forward that information to Liliana Rambo... more information.

Parking in the News

The latest industry news and vital industry information:
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  • Credit-Friendly Parking Meters Installed in Minneapolis, St. PaulVideo News Story
  • Mt. Lebanon Moves to Dissolve Parking Authority
  • Lee County Agrees to Study Bonita Beach Parking Sticker IssueVideo News Story
  • Ribbon Cutting for New Park-and-Fly Garage in SeaTac
  • Massachusetts Scales Back Size of Salem T Garage
  • Lensic Arts Center Could Reap Benefit of New Parking Fee
  • Missoula Experimenting With High-Tech Meters
  • Problems for Columbia's New Parking Structure
  • ACLU Taking Issue With Boulder's New Photo Parking System
  • McGinn: No Parking Tax Means No Bike/Walk Plan
  • Valet Venture Grows Into Parking Behemoth
  • Kalamazoo Planners Support Bike Parking for New Developments
  • Scottsdale Merchants to Voice Views on Parking Proposals
  • Parking Meter InvestigationVideo News Story
  • New Parking Garage Coming To Downtown Missoula
  • Downtown Austin Parking Study to be Voted OnVideo News Story
  • Parking Management Group Cuts Ties With City of San Diego
  • Parking Fines Could Double in Traverse City
  • Vancouver Aims to Avoid Court Time With Parking Ticket Scofflaws
  • Parking Meters Go Solar, Take Credit CardsIPI Quoted
  • FSU to Get New Parking Garage?
  • Chicago Parking Meters set to launch $600M offering
  • Consultant Tells D/FW Airport Board to Raise Rates for Parking On and Off Airport Property
  • San Juan's Downtown Plan Moves Forward
  • Rancho Mirage City Council to Review Rules on Paid Parking
  • West Lafayette Proposed Parking Ordinance Meets With Mixed Reviews
  • Middletown Council Considers Parking Improvements
  • Nairobi High Court Blocks New Parking Fees
  • Developer Proposes Adding Parking at Westchester County Airport
  • Delta CC Works on Parking Shortage
  • Florida Company Pushing Deck for Gettysburg
For these stories plus more, visit the Parking in the News section of IPI's website.