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 gedris@parking.org.


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.".  Parking citation administrative program, activity, or service provided by State or 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.! 


Carolinas Parking Association

The Carolinas Parking Association has recently wrapped up the 2010 year with a great conference in Greenville, SC.  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 as follows:

• President - Cathy Reeve, CAPP
• Immediate Past President - Michael Penny, CAPP
• Vice President for SC - Geary Robinson, CAPP
• Vice President for NC - Vacant
• Secretary - Robin Davenport
• Treasurer - Clement Gibson, CAPP
• Consultant Representative - Karl Sutter
• Vendor Representative - Steve St. John

The Carolina's Parking Association had a period of nominations for members to serve on the Board of Directors and is currently hosting voting on its website for qualified members.  There are five nominees with three vacant positions to be filled.

The Board of Directors will also be meeting at the end of January to review the votes for new Board of Director members and is also in the planning stages for the fall conference for 2011.  Stay tuned for more updates! 


 Great Northern Parking Association

The Great Northern Parking Association is planning a conference in Fargo, ND 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.

You won't want to miss this 3-day event that includes Dr. Barbara Chance as the keynote speaker. The 2011 MSTPA Annual Conference also features many of the industry's manufacturers and vendors who will all participate in a dynamic Exhibit Hall.

Of course, the conference is not all work. MSTPA is offering tours of Historic Lexington and a visit to the Kentucky Horse Park, the home of the 2010 World Equestrian Games, the first world games held in North America.

Early registrants will receive a discounted rate, so sign up today! For more information about the 2011 MSTPA Annual Conference, including a complete list of vendor and sponsor opportunities, visit www.mstpa.org.


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!

Happy New Year!  Dues are due!  Benefits to membership include:

• FREE registration to all NEPC one-day Educational Forums
o Municipal Forum
o University Forum
o Hospital Forum
o Additional Forums are planned!
• Discounted registration for our annual Parking and Transportation Conference
• Discounted registration for our annual Golf Outing/Tournament
• Great Networking Opportunities

Please log-on to www.newenglandparkingcouncil.org to renew your dues or join the New England Parking Council!

Coming soon:  The New England Parking Council's Annual Parking & Transportation Conference March 23rd & 24th at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, MA - Early-bird registration now available on-line www.newenglandparkingcouncil.org


Pennsylvania 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. 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 networking opportunities we hope to gain.  This year as a part of our educational value, development, and mutual networking we 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 including the conference agenda.

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, promotions plus job openings in Texas, please forward to mabry@uta.edu or dahmad@dfwairport.com . We encourage you to visit us anytime at www.texasparking.org.
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