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 MattersĀ® Blog, the International Parking Institute provides an exciting new platform for parking and transportation professionals to share ideas, voice opinions, inspire, enlighten, educate, and inform.

“The new blog will engage readers with commentary and news from a cadre of the industry’s foremost parking and transportation experts, as well as members of IPI’s staff,” says Shawn Conrad, CAE, IPI’s executive director. “Readers can turn to the blog for the latest information on everything from sustainable parking solutions to technology, industry news, and the lighter side of parking.” Conrad explains that at launch there are more than 20 contributing bloggers, and that number is expected to grow. Guest blog posts from those outside the parking and transportation sector are also planned.

Conrad explains that the blog is a key part of IPI’s Parking MattersĀ® program, which is designed to advance awareness of the vital role that parking and parking professionals play in transportation, economic development and revitalization, traffic flow, college and university life, hospitality, real estate, entertainment, retail, security, law enforcement, and more. He encourages parking and transportation professionals and others who want to know more about the parking industry to bookmark and join the conversation.

Launch-day blog posts include a welcome post from Conrad as well as posts by IPI Chair Casey Jones, CAPP, of Boise State University on Thinking Big about Sustainability, Brett Wood of Kimley-Horn and Associates on Changing Perception of Parking, and a post that challenges readers to explain why parking matters in six words. Brief bios on contributors are available on the blog site. After the initial launch, blog posts will be categorized by topic and key words.

The International Parking Institute is the world’s largest association representing parking professionals and the parking industry. IPI’s annual Conference & Expo to be held in Phoenix, Ariz., June 10-13 is the world’s largest industry event with more than 2,500 attendees and 220 exhibitors.

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