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The Parking Industry Expo and the Big Ten and Friends Parking and Transportation Conference, Announce Joint Event

November 14, 2022

 

 

 

The Parking Industry Expo and the Big Ten and Friends Parking and Transportation Conference, Announce Joint Event

 

 

The Parking Industry Expo and the Big Ten and Friends Parking and Transportation Conference are excited to announce that their joint 2023 conference events will be held on March 28-30 at the Schaumberg Convention Center, PIE Director Marcy Sparrow announced today.

The Big Ten and Friends will host 80 plus university parking, transit, and fleet leaders, who will be participating in the PIE seminars and exhibit hall along with university-specific programming.  A highlight will be a panel session featuring university transportation experts on Thursday, March 30. During this interactive session, the experts will share their stories and answer questions from attendees.

Big Ten and Friends Parking and Transportation Conference representative Ross Allanson, CAPP, CPP, Director of Parking & Transportation Services at the University of Minnesota, said that he was pleased that the two organizations could come together after they paused their Big Ten conference while the country responded to COVID-19.  Centrally located, Schaumburg, Illinois is an ideal location for a conference that brings together universities and colleges from across the nation.

The Parking Industry Expo is sponsored annually by Parking Today Magazine. In 2023, it will be held at the Schaumburg Convention Center adjacent to the Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel, a short 20-minute ride north of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The dates are March 28-30. For full information, log on to pieshow.parkingtoday.com

Veterans in Parking US and Veterans in Parking UK form a Strategic Partnership Alliance (SPA) 

November 11, 2022

 

Veterans in Parking US and Veterans in Parking UK form a Strategic Partnership Alliance (SPA)

 

 

 

Veterans in Parking, Inc., and Veterans in Parking UK have agreed in principle to the creation of a Strategic Partnership Alliance (SPA) between the two organizations to further the mission of placing Military Veterans into meaningful and rewarding careers in the Parking and Transportation industries in the UK and the US. By working together on both sides of “the pond”, Veterans in Parking and Veterans in Parking UK will enjoy a larger geographical footprint, enhanced visibility and the opportunity to combine resources to further their common mission.

Veterans in Parking UK is a newly created initiative of the British Parking Association and is being organized and managed by Dean Fennell-Connell, UK Sales Director for Conduent Transportation. Dean can be reached via LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/deanfc/       or via telephone at +44 (0) 7771 964682. The British Parking Association is a UK based Not-For-Profit and point of contact is Dave Smith, Head of Communication and Marketing. Dave can be reached via email at dave.s@britishparking.co.uk or via telephone at +44 (0) 7342 854900

Veterans in Parking, Inc. is a US based Not-For-Profit 501(c)3 Charitable Organization and is managed by a Board of Directors throughout the US. The primary point of contact is: Douglas Cram, President and Founding Member. Doug can be reached via email at admin@vetsinparking.com or via telephone at +1 (770) 331-5864

Parking Design Leader Watry Design, Inc. Promotes Key Staff to Associate Principals and Associate Director

November 02, 2022

 

 

 

Parking Design Leader Watry Design, Inc. Promotes Key Staff to Associate Principals and Associate Director

Watry Design, Inc. is pleased to announce the promotions of three individuals to Associate Principals and one to Associate Director. The firm aspires to recognize those who go above and beyond, and these long-time employees are exemplary models of our company’s core values.

 

Taylor Kim, AIA, LEED® AP, Associate Principal, Parksmart Advisor, started her career with Watry Design in 2007. Named one of the National Parking Association’s 40 Under 40, Taylor is dedicated to developing innovative solutions for her clients. She has led the design of parking solutions for landmark projects such as The Rise in Cupertino and the California Avenue Parking Structure in Palo Alto, and is a member of the Parking Consultants’ Council.

 

Anita Gupta, SE, Associate Principal, has been with Watry Design for 19 years and has extensive experience in parking structure design and renovation. Anita’s passion for parking can be seen in projects such as the Mineta San Jose International Airport ConRAC & Economy Parking Structures and the award-winning San Jose State University South Campus Multi-Level Parking Structure. In addition to delivering on the expectations of her clients, Anita heads the firm’s Justice, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee.

 

Gordon Knowles, Associate Principal, brought over 20 years of experience in architecture when he joined Watry Design in 2016. Working tirelessly to design parking that meets clients’ specific needs, Gordon has led the design of parking solutions for high profile clients such as Workday and VTA. Currently, he is working to improve the patient experience at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital.

 

Hyong-gi Jeon, AIA, LEED® AP, Associate Director, has been with Watry Design since 2004 and is committed to achieving the goals of his clients. In addition to full parking structure design for high profile campuses such as Pathline Park, Hyong-gi has extensive experience solving parking challenges with innovative solutions such as mechanical and automated parking systems.

Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute Releases Industry-Wide EPD

October 07, 2022

 

 

 

Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute Releases Industry-Wide EPD

 

SCHAUMBURG, IL  – The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) has released an industry-wide Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for Fabricated Steel Reinforcement Bar used in reinforced concrete construction. The EPD updates CRSI’s previous EPD published in 2017 and is available for download here or on the CRSI website.

Aware of the increasing interest in transparent reporting of a product’s cradle-to-gate environmental performance, CRSI desires to demonstrate their sustainability leadership and leverage business value. To accomplish this, the Institute evaluated the environmental profile of fabricated steel reinforcing bar by conducting a cradle-to-gate Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of fabricated reinforcing steel that resulted in the new version of the CRSI EPD.

The analysis was conducted according to the UL Environment’s Product Category Rules (PCR) Part A: Life Cycle Assessment Calculation Rules and Report Requirements and Part B: Designated Steel Construction Product EPD Requirements (UL Environment, 2018; UL Environment, 2020) and covers fabricated steel reinforcing bar defined by the following standards:
* ASTM A615/A615M Standard Specification for Deformed and Plain Carbon-Steel Bars for Concrete Reinforcement
* ASTM A706/A706M Standard Specification for Deformed and Plain Low-Alloy Steel Bars for Concrete Reinforcement

Steel is the most recycled material in the world, with U.S. producers recycling more than 70 million tons of scrap each year. In reinforced concrete, the steel reinforcing bars consist of over 97% recycled material produced at U.S. mills.

About the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute:
Founded in 1924, the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) is a technical institute and Standards Developing Organization (SDO) that stands as the authoritative resource for steel reinforced concrete construction. Among the Nation’s oldest trade associations, CRSI offers many industry-trusted technical publications, standards documents, design aids, reference materials and educational opportunities.
CRSI’s members represent over 80% of the U.S. manufacturers, fabricators and placers of steel reinforcing bar and related products with over 600 locations in 49 states, and with over 15,000 employees. Members produce, fabricate and install approximately 9 million ton of reinforcing steel per year using scrap steel in efficient manufacturing operations. It is estimated that the industry impacts over 75,000 people in steel transportation and placement in North America.
The CRSI membership also includes professionals across the country who are involved in the research, design, and construction of steel reinforced concrete. CRSI staff comprises a nationwide region network of industry professionals.

www.crsi.org | www.rebar-u.org

Laney Solutions Announces New Career Center For Candidates

August 02, 2022

 

Laney Solutions Announces New Career Center For Candidates

 

Laney Solutions Launches New Section Of Website To Provide Exceptional Candidate Experience And Expert Career Management Advice.

 

DENVER, CO, July 28, 2022 – Laney Solutions, the premier executive search firm focused exclusively on recruitment services for the parking industry, announced today the launch of a new Candidate Career Center on its website at LaneySolutions.com. The Career Center was launched to provide candidates with in-depth resources for interviewing and career management through a series of eBooks, guides, videos and more.

“With the pandemic now behind us, the parking industry, like many other industries, is in the midst of the Great Resignation and Great Reshuffle. Today, the industry finds itself in a candidate driven market, where the candidate experience is more critical than ever,” said Kathleen Laney, President of Laney Solutions. “In today’s talent landscape giving a candidate the best possible experience is crucial for both attracting and hiring top tier parking talent. Competition for talent is extremely fierce, and following our rebrand last year, it was a natural next step for us to bring this resource to the industry. We launched the Career Center to assure that our candidates not only have the tools and resources they need to excel in their career, but to provide an exceptional and positive candidate experience on behalf of our clients we work with in the parking industry,” Kathleen added.

The new Career Center currently hosts a series of guides, ebooks and videos that share best practices and insights to support candidates with interview preparation, career management, resume writing, transitioning to a new role or job, onboarding and more. New and additional resources will be added to the Career Center and made available to Candidates on an ongoing basis.

For more information, visit LaneySolutions.com.

About Laney Solutions

Laney Solutions is the leading recruiting firm for the parking industry. Since 2014, parking industry employers have turned to Laney Solutions when they need top-tier parking talent for management, experienced sales professionals, and executive level placements. For questions or inquiries, please contact Kathleen Laney at kathleen@laneysolutions.com or visit LaneySolutions.com.

Mobile Smart City continues to expand operations in the US

July 19, 2022

 

 

 

Mobile Smart City continues to expand operations in the US.

 

 

 

Mobile Smart City continues to expand operations in Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. “We have proven that our solutions and business model works, our core belief is that we are not just providing a service, but are actually a partner who is invested in the relationship” stated John J. Incandela President & CEO of Mobile Smart City “ This core value helps in all aspects of what we provide, whether it’s our belief in providing green solutions such as our QR, LPR and paperless options, or our locations that use all of our solutions and have unique challenges that we help navigate through with our IT and Development team.”

“As members of the Smart Cities Council and collaborating with our current partners” stated Luis Garma Mobile Smart City’s Chairman “we are aware of the challenging issues that Cities, Towns, and Villages face on a day-to-day basis. MSC is dedicated to working with any size partner to help them with their operations today and in the future.”

About Mobile Smart City.

Mobile Smart City is an international tech company specialized in developing and implementing digital solutions for Smart Cities. Founded in 2015, the company is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, FL, with a regional office in Maryland, and operations in several countries: North America, South America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Mobile Smart City holds a wide experience in the design, development, implementation, and maintenance of complex digital payment solutions, parking management systems, and access control, including payments, citations, and collections. With more than 250 projects during the last 7 years, and deployed the PANGO platform to municipalities, universities, airports, property owners, and private operators, helping them to improve their parking management while increasing revenues and their user’s experiences, using state-of-the-art technology.

Mobile Smart City offers a cloud-based platform, hosted in the US, who can provide an outstanding customer experience when using digital services, parking, transportation, and access control. Our solutions include mobile parking payments, digital permits, parking enforcement, LPR fast pass & QR access control, muti-space parking meters, pay-in-lane, business intelligence, and a 24/7 customer service.

For more information  mobilesmart.city or contact Mark Tulloch mtulloch@mobilesmart.city or call 1-844-726-4644

Hubris and Ego vs the Beginner’s Mind and Gratitude

June 27, 2022

 

 

Hubris and Ego vs the Beginner’s Mind and Gratitude

 

 

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few”
― Shunryu Suzuki

 

Is the NSW syndrome a result of too much ego and expert like mentality?  Isn’t predicting the future a waste of time?  How do we fix the NSW malady?

Since I travelled this past weekend, and after a delay, my flight got cancelled because they were short a flight attendant, I kept thinking about how a shortage in work force is affecting our daily lives.  Including air travel.  Since there were a couple hundred people on my flight and then others who arrived due to their flights being delayed, getting us to our destinations was a challenge.  I was fortunate to only spent a night on the airport floor and getting to my parents only about 9 hours later.  Others, sadly were not able to fly be it to weddings, graduations or other engagement for two or three days.

All of it made me think why there is so hard to find workers, be it for airlines, for shops, for hospitals and elsewhere?  Why so many people have chose to retire early?  I know at least of 3 doctors and my brother, who feel burned out.   The former quit at a young age.  My younger brother is planning to work part time from now on.

Daniel Kahneman in Thinking, Fast and Slow says: ““we can be blind to the obvious, and we are also blind to our blindness.”   And since he is a psychologist who won Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2002, maybe it is all about psychology.  In this case, as covid and the current politics have broken our spirit?   And did we give up?  Do we look within or just point fingers and blame others?

Shunryu Suzuki in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice says: “The best way is to understand yourself, and then you will understand everything. So when you try hard to make your own way, you will help others, and you will be helped by others. Before you make your own way you cannot help anyone, and no one can help you.”

On ParkNews.biz the article from Atlantic, June 27, 2022 – Air Travel Is a Disaster Right Now. Here’s Why, invites us to look within.  To take some responsibility for our own behaviors and perceptions.  And hopefully prevent what is happening now in the future.

If you have any stories of how to deal with current lack of work force situation.  Or how you and your company maneuver through the challenges, be it travel or hiring, please let me know.

In the meantime, have the most wonderful and blessed Independence Day Holliday Weekend.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Astrid Ambroziak

Editor, ParkNews.biz

Creative Director

Parking Today

310 390 5277 ext 9

astrid@parkingtoday.com

www.parkingtoday.com

 

 

I hope you dance: Thank you for attending and participating in PIE 2022 in Reno, NV  (PICS)

May 23, 2022

 

 

I hope you dance: Thank you for attending and participating in PIE 2022 in Reno, NV  (pics)

 

 

 

After coming down to earth from PIE 2022 and Reno, NV, Lee Ann Womack’s, I Hope You Dance is playing in my head. And I “blame” it all on amazing Marcy Sparrow.  Who captain a truly sincere, fun and engaging PIE show, despite all the challenges that we all have been facing.

“I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger,
May you never take one single breath for granted,
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed,
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.

I hope you dance… I hope you dance…”

 

We plan the location of our PIE conference 3 years ahead.  3 years ago, it was a very different world.  It was even different just a several months ago, when we first met for PIE 2022 in Dallas, then the NPA in Las Vegas and the IPMI conference in Tampa.  I believe most of us who thought we are double or then triple vaccinated, are immune to covid.  And  the inflation as we have today, with the gas prices as they are, was unimaginable.  Back then flight were inexpensive.  And plentiful even to Reno, NV.  Today, the world is a tad upside down.  Yet, we must have faith and hope and move forward.

 

Victor E, Frankl in his life changing Man’s Search for Meaning said: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

 

Thus, with lead of our captain Marcy Sparrow, we have decided to make PIE 2022 a joy fest with genuine interactions, celebrations, new perspectives and simple joy.  Albeit it was challenging to get to Reno.  Despite our JVH for first time due to Covid, not being able to be with us in person, just as many of you, this PIE to me was most special.

I met some incredible people and got closer to people I knew.  I attended some fantastic presentations and danced my behind off, at the greatest party sponsored by Duncan and organized by Marcy.

Thank you with all of my heart to all of our sponsors.  Thank you to all of you who gave us your most precious time to be with us in Reno.  Next year, we will be a direct flight away as in Chicago, and we can’t see you there.

We have lots of photos from PIE 2022 that you will be able to see soon.  In the meantime, here are a few of my snapshots.

“I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance,
Never settle for the path of least resistance,
Livin’ might mean takin’ chances, but they’re worth takin’,
Lovin’ might be a mistake, but it’s worth makin’,
Don’t let some Hell bent heart leave you bitter,
When you come close to sellin’ out reconsider,
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.
I hope you dance… I hope you dance. …”

Lets keep on on dancing!  You all are amazing and you make this awesome parking industry strong and innovative.  God bless you all.

 

 

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Astrid Ambroziak

Editor, ParkNews.biz

Creative Director

Parking Today

310 390 5277 ext 9

astrid@parkingtoday.com

www.parkingtoday.com

 

The City of Jacksonville, Florida, Introduces Mobile Parking Payments with ParkMobile Partnership

April 27, 2022

 

 

 

The City of Jacksonville, Florida, Introduces Mobile Parking Payments with ParkMobile Partnership

 

 

Ahead of summer, ParkMobile is expanding into Florida’s largest city, making paying for parking an easier and more convenient experience city-wide.

 

 

 

Jacksonville, FL – April 27, 2022 – ParkMobile, the #1 parking app in the U.S., is expanding into Jacksonville, Florida this spring as city enacts mobile parking payments for the first time. With nearly a million residents already, Jacksonville is also growing as one of the top U.S. cities for in-migration. Through the partnership, users will be able to pay for on-demand parking at close to 1,500 on-street spaces around town.

 

“As we continue to see unprecedented growth and development in downtown Jacksonville, there is a notable need for convenient parking,” Mayor Lenny Curry said. “We are excited about our partnership with ParkMobile as it will make it easier for residents and visitors to frequent this portion of our city.”

 

Florida is one of ParkMobile’s most popular states with almost five million users. The app is widely available throughout the state serving Orlando, the St. Petersburg areas, and numerous locations in South Florida, including one of the app’s most successful markets, Miami Beach.

 

ParkMobile has almost 35 million users across North America, is available for both iPhone and Androiddevices, and can also be accessed on a mobile web browser. To pay for zone parking using the mobile or web app, a user enters the zone number posted on signs around the parking spot, selects the amount of time needed, and touches the “Start Parking” button to begin the session. The user can also extend the time of the parking session on their mobile device.

 

“Jacksonville is one of our target market launches right now due to the city’s population, year-round popularity as a vacation destination, and our already incredible following in Florida,” adds Jeff Perkins, CEO of ParkMobile. “We’re honored that Jacksonville chose ParkMobile to institute city-wide mobile parking payments.”

 

About ParkMobile: ParkMobile, LLC is the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in North America, using a contactless approach to help millions of people easily find, reserve, and pay for parking on their mobile devices. The company’s technology is used in thousands of locations across the country, including 8 of the top 10 cities as well as college campuses, airports, and stadiums. People can use ParkMobile solutions to quickly pay for on-street and off-street parking without having to use a meter or kiosk. Additionally, ParkMobile offers parking reservations at stadium venues for concerts and sporting events. Reservations are also available in metro area garages, allowing people to drive into the city without having to worry about finding parking. ParkMobile has been named to the Inc. 5000, Deloitte Fast 500, Smart Cities Connect “Smart 50,” and the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Top Workplaces. Additionally, the company won the 2020 Stevie Awards for Achievement in Product Innovation and the 2019 Stevie Awards for Most Innovative Tech Company and Best Travel App. For more information, visit ParkMobile.io or @ParkMobile on Twitter.

 

ParkMobile Contact: Mark Lister, SVP of Marketing, mark.lister@parkmobile.io

 

City of Jacksonville Contact: Ina Mezini, Marketing & Communications Specialist, rmezini@coj.net

 

 

 

ParkMobile Offering Parking Reservations for SweetWater 420 Fest at Centennial Olympic Park

April 25, 2022

 

 

 

ParkMobile Offering Parking Reservations for SweetWater 420 Fest at Centennial Olympic Park

 

 

Festival goers will be able to reserve parking prior to the event in multiple locations around the park.

 

 

Atlanta, GA – April 25, 2022 – SweetWater 420 Fest is partnering with ParkMobile, the #1 parking app in the U.S., to offer parking reservations for the 18th annual music festival. The event is returning after two years of cancellations due to the pandemic. Held at Centennial Olympic Park from April 28 to May 1, SweetWater 420 Fest is presented by Atlanta favorite, SweetWater Brewing Company, and Happy Ending Productions. Reservations for the festival can be made in the ParkMobile app, on the festival website, or on the reservations site, https://app.parkmobile.io/venues/georgia-world-congress-center/events/114054.

 

ParkMobile reservations for SweetWater 420 Fest will be available in seven parking lots all within less than a mile of the festival. Reservation prices range from $30 to $11 based on availability and accessibility to the park.

 

ParkMobile has close to 35 million users and is available for both iPhone and Android. Reserving a parking space is quick and easy. To make a parking reservation, a user searches for SweetWater 420 Fest in the ParkMobile app or website and selects the location they would like to park in. After the user books the reservation, it can be redeemed at the location using a mobile pass in the ParkMobile app or a printed permit.

 

“We love partnering with events and festivals in our hometown of Atlanta and playing a part in the overall guest experience,” says ParkMobile CEO, Jeff Perkins. “Our reservations feature allows attendees to reduce time circling the neighborhood for a spot and save on day-of parking prices.”

 

About ParkMobile: ParkMobile, LLC is the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in North America, using a contactless approach to help millions of people easily find, reserve, and pay for parking on their mobile devices. The company’s technology is used in thousands of locations across the country, including 8 of the top 10 cities as well as college campuses, airports, and stadiums. People can use ParkMobile solutions to quickly pay for on-street and off-street parking without having to use a meter or kiosk. Additionally, ParkMobile offers parking reservations at stadium venues for concerts and sporting events. Reservations are also available in metro area garages, allowing people to drive into the city without having to worry about finding parking. ParkMobile has been named to the Inc. 5000, Deloitte Fast 500, Smart Cities Connect “Smart 50,” and the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Top Workplaces. Additionally, the company won the 2020 Stevie Awards for Achievement in Product Innovation and the 2019 Stevie Awards for Most Innovative Tech Company and Best Travel App. For more information, visit ParkMobile.io or @ParkMobile on Twitter.

 

ParkMobile Contact: Mark Lister, SVP of Marketing, mark.lister@parkmobile.io

 

SweetWater 420 Fest Contact: Bill Kight, PR & Communications, pr@happyendingpro.com

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