January 18, 2011

The Parking Professional Wins Award in Association TRENDS 2010 All-Media Contest

AwardIt is with great pleasure to announce that The Parking Professional has been honored with a Bronze Award in the Association TRENDS' 2010 All-Media Contest.

The TRENDS All-Media Contest is an annual competition held exclusively for associations, recognizing the most creative and effective communication vehicles developed in the industry over the prior year. The 2010 competition included more than 470 entries in 27 categories of association communications.
"IPI is delighted to receive this recognition, which honors the many contributions of our talented writers, contributors and designers, along with our managing editor, Henry Wallmeyer," said IPI's Executive Director Shawn Conrad, CAE.  "This award is even more special because each advertising dollar invested in The Parking Professional is reinvested in the magazine and other IPI programs that advance the parking profession."

Since its launch in 1985, The Parking Professional has been a trusted resource for individuals in the parking and transportation industry with the latest information regarding parking design, construction, technology, management, innovation and news. The Wall Street Journal has referred to The Parking Professional as "the bible of the parking industry." While it is wonderful to receive recognition, IPI will always strive to provide our members with the tools and resources to increase their knowledge and advance the parking profession.

The Parking Professional will be honored at the 32nd Annual Salute to Association Excellence, February 16, 2011, at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C.  For more information, read the IPI Press Release.

IPI Announces Pre-Conference Workshops for $99

With more than 40 education sessions geared by track, Shoptalks, PowerPitches, Two Keynotes and Two General Sessions, IPI's 2011 Conference & Expo offers education for everyone involved in the parking industry - from frontline to senior level.  For the first time ever, IPI's education committee has put together two additional Pre-Conference Workshops that offer concentrated, interactive one-day workshops targeted specifically for the frontline employee or the seasoned professional. These workshops will be held on Sunday, May 22 and include access to the Opening Keynote address featuring Rocky Bleier and access to that evening's "Meet & Mingle" on the show floor where more than 200+ solution-providers will kick off the opening of the Expo.  This is a great opportunity to expose your frontline staff to formal education and the IPI Expo or for senior level persons to enhance their body of knowledge with their peers.

For more information, on the Frontline Bootcamp, the Senior Level Symposium, and to register for the conference*, visit the conference website, www.parking.org/conference.

*Register by January 31 to take advantage of our advance rates!

IPI's First Observer Training to be Administered at Super Bowl XLV

Super Bowl LogoIn preparation for the upcoming Super Bowl being held in Dallas on February 6, more than 1,000 individuals will become certified in the parking-specific, anti-terrorism training program Fist Observer. The program, developed by IPI and the Transportation Security Administration, is entirely funded by the federal government and trains parking professionals to address five critical security areas: on-street, surface parking lots, garages/decks, special events, and shuttle operations. First Observers recognize and report potential threats using a concise, accurate and simple communications process.

More than 2,350 individuals have been certified since the program's inception at the 2010 IPI Conference & Expo. If you would like to have your staff trained at no cost, please visit www.parking.org/firstobserver or contact Henry Wallmeyer, IPI Deputy Director, at 540.371.7535.

Parking in the News

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· Parking Pressure Alleviated at Midland Memorial Hospital
· 360 State's "Green" Garage Opens
· Parking Meter Fines Possibly On the Rise in ColumbiaVideo News Story
· MTSU Says Parking in Check
· Norwalk Hospital to Build Garage With More Spaces
· Potomac Mills Slashes Commuter Parking
· Parking Tickets on Saturday Anger Downtown Detroit Visitors
· Pottstown Council Discusses Parking Change, But Merchants Protest
· York Official Reports Some Complaints About Sat. Meter Enforcement
· Parking Rates Going Up in 9 Seattle Areas
· Another Idea Offered in Albany Parking Fix
· New Arena Brings Parking Woes in EugeneVideo News Story
· PETA Touts Spicy Ad for Sarasota Parking Meters
· Greensboro Parking Garages Much Safer With PoliceVideo News Story
· Darby Twp. To Raise Fines For Blocking Spots
· Parking Lot's Super Bowl Spaces Cost $500
· Bethlehem May Benefit From Millions in Grant Funds for Garage
· LA Council Votes To Lease Parking Garages
· Changes Made in Tampa's New Downtown Parking System
· Findlay, Pa. Expects Parking Tax Rise
· SF Proposals to Increase Parking Tickets Unveiled
· Electric Car Charging Station Unveiled in Rochester
· Westminster, Maryland Parking Garage May Switch to Meters
· Extending Parking Meter Hours in Austin
· To Boost its Parking Revenues, T Plans to Make Paying Easier
· Roanoke's 7 Million Dollar Parking Garage Barely Being Used
· Parking Garage Proposed for Downtown Newark, Del.
· In New Haven, This Garage Could Be Yours
· Urbanizing Fairfax Considers Expansion of Parking Limits
· Arson Fire Damages Burlington Parking Garage
· Sound Transit Plans Parking Crackdown Soon
· Boston Raises Parking Meter Rates
· CSUC Parking Structure Plan to Clear Next Hurdle
· Parking Tickets Go High-Tech in Wheeling

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

Upcoming IPI Webinar: Enforcement

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A Paradigm Shift in Parking Enforcement
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

2:00pm EST
Instructor: Roamy Valera, CAPP, Vice President, Standard Parking Corp.
This webinar will discuss the challenges that are presented to Parking Enforcement Officers (PEO) and the expectation to deliver the highest level of customer service.  Public Relations have become much more important in the day-to-day functions of the parking enforcement profession. It will give an overview of the parking industry today, describing how the need of a shift in paradigm for parking enforcement programs has changed the way parking professionals look at the impact of public relations and the services provided.  The topic will cover a number of related topics including the role of the parking enforcement officer, how this role interacts with the overall parking initiative and/or program, the "challenges" of the PEO, and more.

You will learn the various tools the industry has at their disposal and  how the parking enforcement program with specific objectives such as increasing PEO accountabilities, identifying parking demand and utilization by area/zones, citation productivity, and reducing complaints, needs a solid understanding of how public relations impacts the results of their work.

The webinar will also discuss the issue of technology today and the impact it is having on the parking industry.  In addition, the presentation will discuss how established policies and procedures play a role in the delivery of public relations initiatives, and the question of who should be involved, and how it should be adopted and managed.

A Paradigm Shift in Parking Enforcement
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
2:00 pm EST
$35.00 for IPI Members
$50.00 for non-members


RFPs Posted on IPI RFP Portal

Baltimore County Revenue Authority
For: Energy Optimization Lighting Upgrades for Baltimore County Revenue Authority Municipal Parking Garages

The City of Phoenix, Arizona
RFQ For: On-Street Parking Study

The City of Berkeley, California
For: Off-Street Parking Facility Management

Coppin State University, Baltimore, Md.
For: Pedestrian Bridge and Garage - Parking Structure
Village of Libertyville, Illinois
For: Commuter Train Station "Pay by Space" Paystations and Services

Myrtle Beach International Airport, South Carolina
For: Public Parking Facility Concession

Salt Lake City Corporation
For: Parking Pay Station System

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 IPI Membership Director, Mark Gedris.

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Last Call for IPI Professional Recognition Awards Nominations

PRP LogoIPI 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 next Saturday, January 29, 2011. The official entry packet can be found online by visiting www.parking.org/prp. If you have any questions, please contact Lauri Chudoba at 540.371.7535.

State of the States

California Public Parking Association
As an organization our goal is to help our member agencies with questions and issues that arise.  Recently a member inquired if they had an obligation to provide sign language interpreters for hearing impaired individuals at an administrative hearing.  Our members in both San Francisco and Los Angeles said that if a respondent specifically requests a sign language interpreter at their hearing, they provide one.  Title II of the ADA "is intended to apply to all programs, activities, and services provided or operated by State and local governments." It appears that if requested, a parking agency may have to provide a sign language interpreter.  CPPA does not provide legal advice to our members due to several reasons.  However, CPPA members are advised to check with their own attorneys or legal representatives about this issue.  For further information, the ADA website CPPA referred to was http://www.ada.gov/, the ADA Information Line is 1-800-514-0301... more information.

Carolinas Parking Association
The Carolinas Parking Association has recently wrapped up the 2010 year with a great conference in Greenville, S.C. We had a great representation of parking professionals, vendors, and consultants at our October meeting with the theme for the conference being "Our Financial Futures......How to Improve the Bottom Line By Being More Efficient and Effective." We especially appreciate the work and efforts by the City of Greenville Parking staff for all they did to help make the conference a success! The Carolinas Parking Association's Board of Directors met during the conference to elect new officers for 2011. The board also voted to add two new positions on the board to be able to better serve our members. The new officers are...more information.

Great Northern Parking Association
The Great Northern Parking Association is planning a conference in Fargo, N.D. for mid-July 2011 as a two day event.  The conference hopes to bring together speakers from the upper Midwest and Manitoba to discuss current parking issues.  More information will be provided as plans progress.

Mid-South Transportation & Parking Association
The Mid-South Transportation & Parking Association invites you to their 2011 Annual Conference! Early registration is now online at www.mstpa.org.  The MSTPA 2011 Annual Conference will be held in Lexington, Kentucky, March 14-16, 2011. The conference is loaded with industry leaders who will present on a wide range of topics, include transportation demand management, on-street auditing, social media marketing and more! MSTPA is proud to continue its track record of training sessions designed specifically for front line personnel. This year's line-up includes a hand-on customer service training session, as well as First Observer training... more information.

New England Parking Council
The New England Parking Council is holding its First Annual Hospital Educational Forum Thursday, February 3rd, hosted by Mass General Hospital at the Charlestown Navy Yard!  If you're involved with hospital parking this is the place to be!  Click on the link for details, and please register ASAP - space is limited.  This one day educational forum is free to NEPC members, including parking and lunch... more information.

Parking Association
Look for our next conference wrap-up newsletter announcing our Spring Training event to be held in April 2011!  REMINDER - Please visit www.paparking.org to become a member today or renew your membership for the 2011 calendar year.

Texas Parking Association
Please don't forget to renew your TPA membership and register for the Texas Parking Association Conference and Tradeshow 2011. Please logon on our website www.texasparking.org and click the join button to sign up online. It is fast, convenient and you will receive your receipt via email within minutes of registering. Please remember you have to join as a member first and then you can register for the conference. Please join us for our conference as we will meet in Dallas, Texas this year at the Crowne Plaza, 14315 Midway Road, Addison, Texas during the week of March 29,  - April 1, 2011... more information.