IPInsider - October 12, 2010

IPI and Department of Energy Lighting Usage Survey

The International Parking Institute (IPI) is proud to be partnering with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its Lighting Research and Development Program to study lighting consumption and opportunities for energy-savings in the parking industry.
If you have parking facilities, this is your opportunity to play a vital role in this joint IPI/DOE research study by completing a short survey that asks a variety of questions about lighting and parking. Please take a few minutes to complete this questionnaire because with your help this report will be more reflective of our industry.
The results of the survey will be useful for parking professionals and the parking industry overall. It will:
· Determine performance characteristic of lighting technologies
· Identify trends, drivers, and barriers to improve efficiencies in the lighting market
· Recognize opportunities for energy savings in the future

Thank you in advance for participating in this important parking and transportation research project. We will share the results by publishing the data on the International Parking Institute's Web site and distributing it through the IPInsider. Please complete the survey no later than Wednesday, October 28, 2010.
If you have any questions or concerns about completing the questionnaire or about participating in this study, please contact the IPI offices at 540.371.7535.

October IPI Webinar: Snow and Ice Management

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Snow and ice management in parking lots and other high-traffic facilities is challenging work that exposes the property ownership to a substantial degree of risk. Having a solid and dependable snow and ice control strategy is critical to ensuring continued, uninterrupted operation of the facility as well.
Snow & Ice Management for Parking Facilities and Structures
Rich Arlington, CSP, Rich Arlington & Associates &
Brian K. Birch, Snow and Ice Management Association

This webinar will walk participants through the most important elements in creating a long term strategy for managing snow and ice for parking lots, sidewalks, parking structures, and other high-traffic areas. The webinar will be broken into two parts:

Part 1: Preparation & Logistics
  · Creating a snow response plan and planning for the 'big one'
  · Equipment usage and decisions
  · Communications and recordkeeping
Part 2: In-House vs. Outsourcing
  · Pros and cons of performing the work in-house
  · Pros/cons of hiring a third party to perform the work
  · Evaluation criteria and tips for choosing a reliable service provider
Wednesday, October 20, 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, www.parking.org/webinars

2011 IPI Conference & Expo - the #1 Parking Industry Event!

The International Parking Institute (IPI) Conference & Expo is the premier event for parking and transportation professionals, where more than 2,500 individuals gather to:
       EXPERIENCE invaluable information from over 60 educational sessions presented by dynamic speakers, industry experts, and featured keynote presentations.

       EXPLORE knowledge sharing and networking opportunities including hands-on learning experiences, open roundtable discussions groups and social functions.

       CONNECT with more than 200+ product/service providers displaying the latest cutting-edge technology that provide proven cost-cutting solutions.

No other event encompasses such a diverse opportunity to Experience, Explore and Connect with key professionals in the parking & transportation industry.

127 Companies Have Already Secured Their Booth
With over 70% of the Exhibit Hall already sold, the 2011 IPI Conference & Expo in Pittsburgh, Pa., May 22-25, will prove to be another "must-attend" event for parking and transportation professionals. More information on securing your exhibit space 

Register Now for the Best Deal!
Take advantage of our early bird specials on registration good through January 31, 2011 with additional incentives if you book by January 15 - receive all education sessions on audio -a $750 value. Registration

For complete conference information, visit www.parking.org/conference.

IPI in Airport Revenue News Features "Passion for Parking"

Airport Revenue NewsIPI's Parking Matters industry-wide program for advancing the parking profession continues to fly high, most recently with a feature in the October issue of Airport Revenue News, a monthly magazine devoted to coverage of airport revenue sources as well as finance and cost containment issues. IPI Executive Director Shawn Conrad, CAE, was used as a resource and quoted in this article that helps position the parking industry in a favorable light and increases awareness about new parking technologies, new ways to boost revenue, new ways to save energy and new ways to enhance the travel experience by focusing on parking. IPI supplied photographs of Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport
 and Denver International Airport, former IPI Awards of Excellence merit award winners, which enhance the article. Read the article.

Be Recognized For Your Accomplishments in the Industry - 2011 Professional Recognition Awards

Professional Recognition Program
The IPI understands the critical nature that facilities and programs play in our business.  However, our most valuable assets are our human resources: the staff who operate, maintain and manage our operations.  To recognize the contributions of individuals to our industry, IPI is conducting the 5th Annual Professional Recognition Program competition. 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 www.parking.org/prp. If you have any questions, please direct them to Lauri Chudoba at 540.371.7535.

From the October The Parking Professional

Operating Snow & Ice-Friendly Facilities
Richard L. Hanneman, The Salt Institute

Providing convenient, safe vehicle parking is a year-round benefit, an under-appreciated essential for businesses and industries in at least two-thirds of the United States and all of Canada.

Yet most discussions of providing safe passage for cars and trucks in winter storm conditions dwell exclusively on public roadways. Studies have documented the intuitive insight that clearing away ice and snow preserves safe and passable roads.  For example, a study by Marquette University found traffic crashes were cut 85 percent in the hours immediately following plowing and salting - and injury crashes were slashed even more, 88.3 percent.  In terms of safety benefits alone, spreading salt on roads pays for itself within a half hour and delivers safety benefits of $6.50 for every dollar in snowfighting costs.

Winter Parking Facility Operations
As in most things, there is a "right-way" and a "wrong-way" to combat snow and ice, but it is not as simple as you might think.  There are thousands of types of snow and snow storms.  Parking facilities have different contours and surfaces.  Usage patterns vary.

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

Deadline for 2011 IPI Awards of Excellence Approaching

Entries for the 2011 IPI Awards of Excellence competition are now being accepted.  Please see the judging criteria and find the official entry forms by visiting www.parking.org/aoeThe deadline for submissions is Friday, November 5, 2010. 
Categories include:
Category I - Best design of a parking structure under 800 spaces
Category II - Best design of a parking structure with 800 or more spaces
Category III - Innovation in a parking operation or program
Category IV - Best parking facility rehabilitation or restoration
Category V - Award for Architectural Achievement (all entries from Categories I, II and IV will automatically be considered for Category V)
For additional information or questions that you may have, please contact Lauri Chudoba at  540.371.7535.

Spotlight on the New IPI Website: IPI on Amazon.com

Located on the ShopIPI section of IPI's new website, IPI's affiliation with online bookseller Amazon.com enables you to shop for parking books through the IPI website.  We've searched and collected 18 industry publications and reference materials that you can purchase directly through Amazon.com.  From Mary S. Smith's "Shared Parking" to "The Architecture of Parking" by Simon Henley, IPI on Amazon.com has books for every parking professional's desk.  Visit www.shopIPI.com for more details.

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. 

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

Carolinas Parking Association
The Carolinas Parking Association will hold its 2010 Fall Conference and Vendor Show October 27-29, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Greenville, South Carolina. The fall golf tournament will be held at Pebble Creek Golf Course on October 27th, 2010. Up to 36 players may be registered. Complete information, including accommodations and conference schedule is available... more information.
New England Parking Council
New Englanders, mark your calendars! The New England Parking Council has several exciting events planned:
· First Annual Golf Tournament! Tuesday, October 26th at Newton Commonwealth Golf Course in Newton, Mass.
· Second Annual University Forum! Friday, November 5th at Harvard University.
· 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.

Parking in the News

The latest industry news and vital industry information:
(Video News Story denotes video news story)
  • Pittsburgh Parking Lease Plan 'Dead,' Council Members Say
  • Montreal Borough Targets Plateau Parkers
  • Deputy Mayor Proposes Changing Saint John Parking Garage Site
  • Representatives of UT-Arlington, City Form Partnership to Help College Park Thrive
  • Summit Considers Charging for Parking in Free Lots in Downtown Parking District
  • Plan Tackles St. Paul's Como Park Congestion
  • Private Parking Pact to Gut Pittsburgh City Authority
  • Bozeman to Consider Selling Ads on Parking Garage, Other city Property
  • St. Louis' Most Ticketed Parking MeterVideo News Story
  • City Now Owns Downtown Kent Parking Garage; Hopes to Find Developer
  • Millburn, N.J., Officials Preparing Commuter Parking Deck RFP
  • Atlanta Airport Could Buy Piece of Ford Plant for Parking
  • Restaurateur Wants Equal Parking Enforcement
  • Man OK After Car Goes Off Parking StructureVideo News Story
  • With $11M Garage Derailed, Ayer, Mass., Weighs $4M Parking Lot
  • Birmingham Upgrades Downtown Parking Garages
  • Parking Meter Fees Raised in Palm BeachVideo News Story
  • Wanted: Parking Plan That Breaks the Mold
  • Green Bay City Council Picks New Security Company for Parking Lots
  • Owen Sound, Ontario, Downtown Improvement Area Board Calls for Parking Changes
  • New York City Mulls $5B Meter Sell-off
  • Eugene Brainstorms Use for Parking Meter Polls
  • Ocala Takes Step Toward Downtown Parking Garage
  • Haverhill's Parking Garage Starts to Take Shape
  • Hickory Metro Center Plans Parking Deck
  • Belleville Meter Department's Demise Means Fewer Fines, Tickets
  • Montreal Parking Spaces Going at a Premium
  • Scottsdale May Waive Businesses' Parking FeesVideo News Story
  • Parking Options at San Antonio Airport Drop While Prices RiseVideo News Story
  • Augusta Businesses Cool on Parking Tickets
For these stories plus more, visit the Parking in the News section of IPI's website.