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  • Year in Review 2016

    The annual recap highlights IPI news, events, programs, and more. Year in Review 2016

  • The Eye of the Beholder

    The Winners of the Parking Professional’s 2015 Photo Contest Parking professionals show off their creative eyes in The Parking Professional’s annual photo contest, with amazing results. IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR—photo contest time! Every year, IPI staff gather ‘round to judge the entries we get from parking professionals in Read More »

  • Share This Video!

    We hope you’ll share this new IPI video that helps explain Why Parking Matters® to—well, everything (!): reducing congestion; creating sustainable, livable walkable communities; creating a frictionless driving experience; improving economic development; encouraging smart design; and so much more. All of that is featured in our two-minute video that we Read More »

  • Video: Why IPI

    Members share their stories about why being part of the IPI community has helped them learn, solve problems, advance their parking careers, and develop lifelong friendships.

  • Video: Why Parking Matters

    Parking, transportation, and planning experts explain why Parking Matters®. Download the Why Parking Matters® white paper, which explains why parking and the expertise of parking professionals are integral to the future of cities.  

  • Video: Future of Parking

    IPI is featured in this fast and furious Travel Channel look at the Future of Parking from their three-part Extreme Parking series.

  • Video: Parking Matters (Spanish)

    To build a better tomorrow, we need to give parking professionals a seat at the table today. (Also available in English.)

  • Video: Parking Matters

    To build a better tomorrow, we need to give parking professionals a seat at the table today. (Also available in Spanish.)

  • publications

    Pay, Park, Tweet

    By Chris Blondell Like most working people, those in the parking industry have good days and bad days. You’ve probably been in a situation where you’re having a great day, everyone’s car is parked where it should be, traffic is moving in great order, and then suddenly, a man who’s Read More »

  • Parking Safety Matters PSA: Heatstroke (customize for your organization)

    Customizable public safety ad about preventing heatstroke deaths of children in parked cars. PM Safety Matters Flyer Customizable

  • Parking Safety Matters PSA and Fact Sheet: Heatstroke

    Combined public safety ad and fact sheet on preventing heatstroke deaths of children in parked cars. Get the fact sheet only.

  • How to Park: The Must-Read Manual for Teen Drivers

    Tips for helping teenagers become safe drivers.  Designed for teens and their parents. How to Park

  • IPI Launches Spanish-Language Magazine for Parking Professionals

    International Parking Institute Launches Spanish-Language Magazine for Parking Professionals The International Parking Institute (IPI), the world’s largest parking industry association, is launching Industria del Estacionamiento, a semiannual, digital, Spanish-language magazine for parking professionals. The new magazine serves as an extension of IPI’s flagship publication, The Parking Professional, which provides parking professionals Read More »

  • Industria del Estacionamiento – Winter 2016, Volume 1

    Industria del Estacionamiento, launched in January 2016, is IPI’s Spanish-language magazine, bringing news, trends, case studies, and analysis to Spanish-speaking parking professionals with a focus on Mexico and Latin America. Each biennial issue of the electronic magazine includes a note from IPI and four to six features, incorporating original content Read More »

  • Inspiration Galore

    Looking for inspiration? The 16 winners of IPI’s second annual Parking Matters® Marketing & Communications Awards will get your creative juices flowing. You’ll find ideas you can adapt to your own organization that help advance the parking profession, educate audiences about the value of parking expertise, communicate about parking and Read More »

  • Shining Stars

    By Larry Cohen, CAPP, and Gary Means, CAPP You’re about to meet a parking services officer with a characteristically friendly smile who is well-known for her high level of service; an excellent leader and respected supervisor who keeps his team motivated to do its best; a municipal authority whose independent Read More »

  • Form and Function

    By Tracey Bruch, CAPP, and Anderson Moore Lots of people don’t think “gorgeous” when they think “parking.” Members of IPI know they should because the parking lots and garages currently under construction and being renovated are often things of beauty, offering amenities and aesthetics to their communities and often serving Read More »

  • Lots of Greening

    By Brian McKelligett The city of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recently completed an almost one-year renovation of its very popular and recently renamed Cox’s Landing 15th Street Boat Launch. This launch facility has long been popular with boaters thanks to its easy access to the ocean. The city estimates that more Read More »

  • Our Role in Ending Distracted Driving

    By Patrick Wells Earlier this year, I co-chaired a large regional golf outing in Central Ohio. Our beneficiary was Dom Tiberi, a local sports broadcaster who lost his 21-year-old daughter to a distracted driving incident. I listened to the pain behind the situation and the alarming statistics: 20 to 30 Read More »

  • Parking Matters 5th Anniversary 2015

    Parking Matters 5th Anniversary 2015

  • How to Speak Parking Matters (Spanish)

    How to Speak Parking Matters (Spanish)

  • How to Speak Parking Matters

    How To Speak Parking Matters

  • Year in Review 2015

    The annual recap highlights IPI news, events, programs, and more. Year in Review 2015

  • IPI’s Parking Matters Program Turns 5

    By Michele Ostrove Anyone who has been in the parking industry for more than five years has witnessed some profound changes, but perhaps none more remarkable than the the way it is regarded by others. As the International Parking Institute’s (IPI’s) 2015 Emerging Trends in Parking survey recently confirmed, nearly Read More »

  • A Bright Horizon

    By Kim Fernandez A lot of people say I have the toughest job on campus,” says Princeton University’s director of transportation and parking services. “But I think I have the best job on campus because I get to interact with everybody.” Parking is definitely a people business as far as Read More »

  • Green Garage Certification More Than Recognition

    By Trevyr Meade The recognition of the world’s first Certified Green Garages at the 2015 IPI Conference & Expo was a statement to our patrons and communities that parking will play a key role in the sustainability movement. Green Garage Certification offers a menu of 48 elements garages can deploy Read More »

  • Viva Las Vegas!

    By Kim Fernandez Viva parking! The world’s largest gathering of parking professionals will be held next month, and if you haven’t made your reservations for the 2015 IPI Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, it’s time to claim your space, reserve your hotel room, book your tickets, and block off Read More »

  • Leading the Discussion

    By Bill Smith In more than 20 years of working with parking planners, one of the most common frustrations I’ve heard is that municipal decision-makers are sometimes hesitant to try new planning approaches even though their benefits are clear. The problem is that decision-makers sometimes worry about public opposition deriving Read More »

  • Photogenic Parking

    Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but the amount of beauty, cuteness, and laughs in parking is pretty amazing, judging by the record number of entries in this year’s photo contest. From cute kids to beautiful rainbows to sunsets and structures that took our judges’ breath away, Read More »

  • Spiraling Upward

    By Juan Ramos, LEED AP BD+C The City of Allentown, Pa., is experiencing a significant makeover of its downtown as a result of many exciting development plans. During the course of two short years, the city and its downtown core have transformed from a rather uninviting stretch of pawnshops, tattoo Read More »

  • Don’t Be Afraid Of The Bully Pulpit

    By Bill Smith, APR In my April column, I talked about the power of publicity. It doesn’t matter what type of parking organization you represent—an owner, operator, institution, supplier, or consultant—publicity can offer extraordinary reach. It can raise your credibility as an authority, make prospective clients and strategic partners aware Read More »

  • Spreading the Good Word

    By Cindy Campbell and Casey Jones, CAPP Parking isn’t an industry that’s traditionally garnered lots of warm-and-fuzzy press attention, but that’s changing. Thanks to the efforts of IPI’s Parking Matters® program and committed professionals from all segments of the industry, the good word is getting out that parking adds to Read More »

  • Professional Perfection

    By Larry Cohen, CAPP, and Gary Means, CAPP Nearly every office has one: that single person who shines nearly every day. Whether it’s a winning smile that gets everyone happy or the person who always lends a hand, these individuals are stand-out professionals who boost their colleagues, customers, and the Read More »

  • Building Your Organization’s Brand

    By Bill Smith One of the essentials of successful marketing is building a brand key audiences care about and one for which they are willing to pay. While many parking organizations don’t give a lot of thought to their brands, every organization should. Cities’ brands should help fill their parking Read More »

  • Building the Nation’s Future

    Ray LaHood was U.S. Secretary of Transportation from 2009 to 2013. There, he held responsibility for the oversight of air, maritime, and surface transportation in the U.S.; 55,000 employees; and a $70 billion budget. He developed a reputation for being devoted to safety and fighting distracted driving. Previously, LaHood was Read More »

  • Giving Back

    By Michele Wojciechowski For Tim Haahs, founder and CEO of Timothy Haahs & Associates, Inc., a design/architecture/engineering firm that specializes in mixed-used facilities and parking, being involved in the community is of the utmost importance. In fact, it’s even part of his company’s mission. His desire to help his community Read More »

  • Raising Awareness Through Publicity

    By Bill Smith Publicity is one of the most powerful tools available to help parking organizations meet their organizational goals. By publicizing an organization through the media, parking organizations can reach huge numbers of people with key messages. That could mean informing local residents of municipal parking plans and regulations, Read More »

  • Moving On Up

    By Henry Wallmeyer Does the International Parking Institute (IPI) take itself too seriously? Perhaps its recent move 40 miles north to Alexandria, Va., after 25 years in Fredericksburg was the ultimate practice-what-you-preach—after all, the association says that parking is about moving people forward. Or was the motivation a famous quote Read More »

  • Hot Dog!

    We knew parking professionals were a talented and hard-working bunch, but who knew they were so good with cameras? Our thanks to everyone who entered our 2013 photo contest—we loved sifting through so many great photos and had more than a little trouble picking our winners. We also send thanks Read More »

  • Garage Gallery

    By Erin Galat In 2012, American Style Magazine named Jacksonville the 15th top city for art in the U.S. Since that time, the public art movement for this northeast Florida city has only grown stronger and picked up a broader selection of canvases along the way. Jacksonville recently welcomed a Read More »

  • Mission Critical

    Seth Goldman is founder and ­TeaEO of Honest Tea and co-author of Mission in a Bottle: The Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently—and Succeeding. The bestselling graphic book tells the story of Goldman’s 15-year-old organic tea company and its growth from kitchen experiment to national brand sold in more than Read More »

  • Parking Reform Made Easy

    By Richard W. Willson In his new book, Parking Reform Made Easy, Richard W. Willson, professor and chair of the department of urban and regional planning, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, argues that minimum parking requirements are outdated and unnecessary. After all, he says, they offer each person’s car a Read More »

  • We Are All Mad Men (And Women)

    By Bill Smith, APR From the youngest entry-level employee to the CEO, we are all constantly marketing ourselves, our organizations, and our industry. The things we communicate and the ways we handle that communication affect the way people perceive us. At the same time, we are continuously (often inadvertently) promoting Read More »

  • Robin Hoods or Hoodlums

    By Leonard T. Bier, JD, CAPP While watching morning television recently, I saw a newscast about parking “Robin Hoods” in Keene, N.H. Individuals were following parking enforcement officers (PEOs) performing their duties, and putting coins in expired meters. The Robin Hoods placed a business card on the windshield of each Read More »

  • Forward Momentum

    By Kim Fernandez Don’t tell anyone, but newly-elected IPI Chair Liliana Rambo, CAPP, fell into parking because she wanted a space, well, for free. A student at Miami-Dade Community College-Downtown Campus in 1987, Rambo was chatting with a friend who worked as a cashier in the garage nearest the administrative Read More »

  • The Parking Dream Team

    By Kim Jackson, CAPP, and Gary Means, CAPP A parking monitor who smiles, calls her customers by name, and shows the patience of a saint. A general manager who rebuilt an entire municipal parking system after a devastating flood, without losing his cool or his hope. A municipal parking and Read More »

  • Find Balance In Your Marketing

    By Bill Smith, APR As Buddy Holly sang, “It’s so easy to fall in love.” It’s as true in business as it is in life. We see something new and shiny and we want it, or we are introduced to a new best practice and want to implement it. It’s Read More »

  • At a Crossroads

    There’s no question that the parking industry has seen massive change in recent years. Technology, sustainability, and a growing perception of professionalism have all deeply affected the way people in parking think about their work. But what’s ahead for the future? We asked industry leaders who work in airports, universities, Read More »

  • Successful Marketing Is Always Strategic

    By Bill Smith, APR Marketing can be an elusive topic for parking organizations and businesses that serve the parking industry. If you ask 100 parking professionals what marketing is, you might get dozens of different answers. Is it advertising? Or public relations? Or direct mail? Or maybe exhibiting at parking Read More »

  • POP

    By Kim Fernandez Rina Cutler, Philadelphia’s deputy mayor for transportation found herself stuck in traffic one day in 2009. There’s only so much one can do in such a situation, and once the obligatory radio station switching, dashboard dusting, and finger examining is finished, scanning the landscape helps fill the Read More »

  • Evolution

    By Timothy H. Haahs, PE, AIA I am pleased to introduce a new The Parking Professional column written by IPI’s consultant members and designed to share insights on our industry from the consultant’s perspective. This monthly column will address all aspects of the parking industry, from planning and design to Read More »

  • IPI’s Founding and History

    From its beginnings in 1962 to today’s organization that connects parking professionals around the world, IPI’s story parallels the increasingly important role of cars and other vehicles in our daily lives. Parking and the National League of Cities In 1948, the Detroit Municipal Parking Authority was established and John D. Read More »

  • Founding of IPI

    By James A. Hunnicutt, CAPP The International Parking Institute is 50 years old and few members are aware of how it started, who the players were, and what motivated them in the early days. This article is intended to provide readers with an understanding of the founding of IPI (formerly Read More »

  • Press Release, 11/20/13, Parking Experts Share Ten Tips for Finding the Perfect Spot

    Parking Experts Share Ten Tips for Finding the Perfect Spot this Holiday Season Although it is estimated there are more than 800 million parking spaces in the United States (that’s about three for every automobile), finding one during the busy holiday season is often a challenge. Airports, shopping malls, train Read More »

  • Press Release, 10/8/13, Help for Teens

    Help for Teens: “I got my driver’s license, but I still can’t park!” International Parking Institute offers free  How to Park: A Must-Read Manual for Teen Drivers (October 8, 2013 – Fredericksburg, VA) Even after taking driver’s ed and logging the required hours behind the wheel, new teen drivers sometimes Read More »

  • Press Release, 9/17/13, First-ever Global Parking Industry Survey

    First-ever Global Parking Industry Survey Reveals Technology is Transforming How We Park around the World Innovative technology globally viewed as a top trend, and while decision-makers’ attitudes toward parking are improving, more collaboration is needed Do parking challenges and solutions differ significantly around the globe? Are Japan’s parking priorities the Read More »

  • Press Release, 7/19/13, Parked Car Alert

    Parked Car Alert: International Parking Institute Warns of Child Deaths in Summer Heat Each year, children die when parents and caregivers leave them unattended in the heat of a parked car. (Fredericksburg, VA July 19, 2013)– More than 20 children under the age of five have already died this year Read More »

  • Press Release, 5/29/13, Liliana Rambo, CAPP, Becomes Chair of the IPI

    Liliana Rambo, CAPP, Becomes Chair of the International Parking Institute Fredericksburg, Va. May 29, 2013 -The International Parking Institute (IPI) announced that Liliana Rambo is the new chair of its Board of Directors. Rambo’s two-year term began at the conclusion of the 2013 IPI Conference & Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Read More »

  • 2013-05-20 IPI Announces 2013 Parking Professional Recognition Awards

    International Parking Institute Announces 2013 Parking Professional Recognition Awards (FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – May 20, 2013) – The International Parking Institute (IPI) has announced the 2013 recipients of its Professional Recognition Program, created to honor parking industry professionals who exemplify excellence in the industry and who are changing the perception Read More »

  • 2013-04-30 IPInstitute Announces Results of 2013 BOD Elections

    International Parking Institute Announces Results of 2013 Board of Directors Elections (Fredericksburg, VA) April 30, 2013 The International Parking Institute (IPI), the world’s largest association of parking professionals and the parking industry, announced the results of its annual Board of Directors election. A slate of 18 candidates competed for seven Read More »

  • Parking Experts Offer 10 Tips for Stress Free Holiday Parking

    As holiday shopping gets underway and travelers take flight, there’s one quest we all share: finding the perfect parking spot. (Fredericksburg, VA – November 16, 2012) – What do the holidays mean to you? Loving reunions, bountiful feasts, thoughtful gift giving? Or traveling hassles, crowded shopping centers, and long check-out Read More »

  • 2012-11-01 International Parking Design Competition

    International Parking Design Competition: Entries Now Being Accepted Entries Close Monday, December 31, 2012 Fredericksburg, VA, November 1, 2012 — Entries are now being accepted for the International Parking Institute’s 31st Annual Awards of Excellence Competition recognizing outstanding achievement in parking facility design and architecture. The complete Awards of Excellence Read More »

  • 2012-10-29 Smart Parking, Smart Cities

    Smart Parking, Smart Cities: World’s Leading Parking Experts to Share Insights with Latin American Architects, Urban Planners, Developers, Government Officials, and Business Leaders Latin Parking Conference & Expo to Convene Dec. 9-12, in San Juan, Puerto Rico An increasing number of government leaders, architects, urban planners, transportation officials, and economic Read More »

  • 2012-10-08 IPI Launches Parking NewsLink

    IPI Launches Parking NewsLink: A New Online Forum for Industry News IPI Members Can Now Upload News Releases about Parking People, Products and Services (FREDERICKSBURG, VA – October 9, 2012) International Parking Institute members have a new, cost-free way to share their news about parking, people, and products, thanks to Read More »

  • 2012-07-31 General Colin Powell Shares Leadership Lessons Learned

    General Colin Powell Shares Leadership Lessons Learned from…Yes, Parking In the August cover story of The Parking Professional magazine, the former U.S. Secretary of State attributes some of the important life lessons he’s learned to parking people (FREDERICKSBURG, VA – July 30, 2012) According to former U.S. Secretary of State, Read More »

  • 2012-06-11 New Survey of Emerging Trends in Parking

    New Survey of Emerging Trends in Parking Industry-transforming innovations are changing the way we park (PHOENIX, Ariz. – June 11, 2012) According to the results of an industry-wide survey conducted by the International Parking Institute, increased demand for technology-related innovations account for half of the top ten trends in today’s Read More »

  • 2012-04-18 Tips for Drivers

    Tips for Drivers: 8 Ways to Avoid Getting a Parking Ticket Easy ways for drivers to avoid citations, boots, and other parking pitfalls FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Contrary to public opinion, the goal of nearly every municipal parking authority is not to see how many tickets their officers can write. The Read More »

  • 2013-03-08 IPI Launches Parking Matters Blog

    International Parking Institute Launches Parking Matters Blog New online forum on parking and its integral role in transportation, sustainability, urban mobility, economic development, architecture, and quality of life (FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — March 8, 2012) With today’s launch of the Parking Matters® Blog, the International Parking Institute provides an exciting new Read More »

  • 2012-03-07 Parking Matters Blog

    Parking Matters® Blog International Parking Institute Launches Parking Matters® Blog New online forum for parking and transportation professionals FREDERICKSBURG, VA -March 7, 2012. With today’s launch of the Parking Matters® Blog, the International Parking Institute provides an exciting new platform for parking and transportation professionals to share ideas, voice opinions, Read More »

  • 2012-01-03 IPI Partners with Mid Atlantic

    International Parking Institute Partners with Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education, affiliated with AAA Mid-Atlantic, to Develop Educational Programs on Parking for Drivers Parking education is needed: Parking-related crashes account for 20% of automobile insurance claims (Fredericksburg, Va., January 3, 2012) Drivers learn the ‘rules of the road,’ but too Read More »

  • Year in Review 2014

    The annual recap highlights IPI news, events, programs, and more. Year in Review 2014

  • Year in Review 2013

    The annual recap highlights IPI news, events, programs, and more. Year in Review 2013

  • Year in Review 2012

    The annual recap highlights IPI news, events, programs, and more. Year in Review 2012

  • Why Parking Matters – 2015 White Paper

    Explains why parking and the expertise of parking professionals are integral to the future of cities. Why Parking Matters – 2015 White Paper

  • Tale of Two Cities Smart Parking Infographic

    Illustrated comparison of a city with and without smart parking solutions. Tale of Two Cities Smart Parking Infographic

  • GPALS Survey

    A report on surveys conducted by the Global Parking Association Leaders (GPALs) at the 2013 GPALs Summit in Dublin, Ireland. GPALS Survey

  • Emerging Trends 2015

    The annual survey explores where the parking industry stands on a variety of important issues. Emerging Trends 2015

  • Emerging Trends 2013

    The annual survey explores where the parking industry stands on a variety of important issues. Emerging Trends 2013

  • Emerging Trends 2012

    The annual survey explores where the parking industry stands on a variety of important issues. Emerging Trends 2012

  • Emerging Trends 2011

    The annual survey explores where the parking industry stands on a variety of important issues. Emerging Trends 2011

  • IPI Announces Results of Board of Directors Election

    Today the International Parking Institute (IPI) announced the results of the general election for the IPI Board of Directors. From a slate of 24 candidates, IPI membership elected new members to the 2015-2017 IPI Board of Directors. The seven elected individuals beginning their two-year terms on July 1 are: • Read More »

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