State of the States

If your state or regional parking association is not represented here please send your State of the State Digest items to IPI's Membership Director, Mark Gedris at

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 to train others.

Our Keynote session features Shawn Conrad and Helen Sullivan representing IPI to introduce "Parking Matters", a nationwide initiative which will take the parking profession to the next level. IPI continues to raise the bar in the parking world and this is just one of their many new programs. Shawn will share news from IPI and 'the exciting world of parking'.

Our Grand Finale event will be held at the Daytona Lagoon with go-carts and race track, waterpark, arcade games and more. I have heard rumors that teams are forming for the 'go-cart' races! And the winner takes all! Who needs the Daytona race track; do we have a Dale Jr. in the crowd??? Photo's will be available after the conference.

We are looking forward to a very successful event with our registrations already above projections! Join us for our exciting 31st Annual Conference "Back to Basics". Visit for more information.

New England Parking Council

New Englanders, mark your calendars! The New England Parking Council has several exciting events planned:
• First Annual Hospital Forum! Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 at Mass General Hospital in the Charlestown Navy Yard.
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!

NEPC Educational Forums include lunch and are FREE to members! Visit for more info.

• 20th Annual Parking and Transportation Conference!
o When: March 23rd and 24th, 2011
o Where: The Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, MA
o What: Our biggest & best conference yet!
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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 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, CAPP at These series are a great opportunity for Universities, Municipalities, Airports and Hospital parking professionals to network free of charge plus equip themselves with additional educational material that is shared by industry professionals. Please check our website periodically as TPA will continue to hold these FREE sessions throughout the year so if you are not a member, please sign up so you can receive the email reminders.

New Member Moves: We would like to congratulate Peter Lange, who was named as Exective Director for the Department of Transportation Service at Texas A & M University at College Station and Doug Williams, who was named Director for the Department of Transportation Services also at Texas A & M University at College Station. We are so proud of them both on their recent promotions.

The TPA website is a great way to find out about our Texas Parking Industry. Please visit our website to discover all the benefits and features we as an association can provide for you and your company. We welcome all our members and associates to forward any information such as articles, your business and industry news, accommodations, promotions plus job openings in Texas. Please email to Mary Mabry or Dean Ahmad Visit us anytime at