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Understanding Racism: An Open Conversation

Top view of international business team showing cooperation with putting their hands together on top of each otherBy  Vanessa R. Cummings, CAPP, MDiv

Courageous conversations are key to leadership and IPMI is opening the door to offer us the opportunity to talk about a subject that, to some, may be hard to discuss: race. No, not race car driving, but understanding racism. What it is, what does it look like, and what does it feel like?

It’s time to have a conversation in a safe setting, respectfully moderated, with real-world examples. Of course, we will also include some humor and lots of discussion. I’m sure there are questions you’ve always wanted to ask. You can ask them here. There are viewpoints you want to share but didn’t have a proper place to share them. You can do it here.

You may wonder if this is worth the investment. I say absolutely. Not because I am facilitating the discussion, but because we cannot move forward without knowledge and understanding. Understanding Racism is a timely conversation based on where we are today–in what some call a “divided America.” We will discuss perception versus reality, the history of racism, racial micro-aggressions and their effects on human resources, team building, work relationships, customer service, and so much more. We’ll finish with a road map on where to go from here.

This course is relevant for every person in your organization, personally and professionally. Here’s the added benefit: You will get two CAPP points or .2 CEUs toward your initial application or recertification.

Join us for this important dialog Feb. 11. Sign up now.

Vanessa R. Cummings, CAPP, MDiv, is CEO of Ms. V Consulting, LLC. She’ll lead IPMI’s Understanding Racism course Feb. 11. Click here for details and to register.

What a Year in Parking and Mobility

Blue box with "2020 Year in Review" on it.2020 will go down as the year lots of us are happy to forget. But like all challenging times, it also produced great innovation, from small organizational changes to big technological leaps. And lots of those things will stick around to make organizations, businesses, infrastructure, and communities better.

This year’s IPMI Year in Review takes a look back at the challenges and innovations of 2020, including those that changed the way our members work–and how we work with them. From virtual meetings and Shoptalks to transitional memberships, to new partnerships, professional development options, and ways to connect, there were some definite highlights of the year–and we’re grateful to have experienced it with the parking, mobility, and transportation community.

Take a look back. You might find some new innovations that’ll enhance your work life and your operation. Read, download, and share it here, and as always, let us know on Forum what you think.

Acting with Purpose and Kindness


In a normal year, it takes discipline to set goals and stay focused on the steps you need to take to achieve them. This year has thrown us all for one heck of a curve. It’s easy to mindlessly scroll through 2020 memes (and there really are some great ones, so I recommend checking out a few).

Disruption caused by the pandemic has forced every parking, transportation, and mobility organization to revisit their entire operation. Our organization is no different. The level of disruption we have all experienced is challenging and painful. Yet, it can spur and advance innovation and positive change.

We decided as a team to respond to the ongoing crisis with intention, clarity, and kindness.

The intention behind our stay connected effort is to provide numerous resources, including Parking & Mobility magazine, frontline trainings through December, industry Shoptalks, and on-demand courses and webinars to train industry professionals.  Every one of these resources is available to IPMI members for free. 

Our Roadmap to Recovery initiative exemplifies our approach to clarity. We had to get crystal clear on what our members and the industry need, right now. We asked and you answered. We’ve heard from every segment of the industry on how they have had to adapt and stretch their organization to meet new demands.  Our newest edition of the special publication Roadmap to Recovery is available now–download it today and dive into survey results and articles by industry experts.

Kindness comes easy to our community (or at least it appears to!). Your willingness to share your experience and insight with your colleagues and lend a hand is absolutely extraordinary.  It’s apparent in our volunteers every single day. It’s evident from the generosity of our Frontline Training instructors, who freely give of their time to keep your team members up to date on essential skills.  It’s every one of our speakers showing up at the Leadership Summit  this week to offer their perspectives.  I could go on, but this would become a full feature article in the magazine.  For your kindness, thank you.  We are all that much better for it.

If you have ever had an inclination to volunteer, write, or get involved–this is your year.  Get off the sidelines and give of your gifts to our community.  Reach out to me and we will find you the right opportunity to do so.

Here’s a five-minute ask: We still need to hear from you, it’s critical to our success as a community. Here’s how you can do that:

We look forward to hearing from you–stay well and stay connected.

Rachel Yoka, CAPP, LEED AP BD&C, WELL AP, is IPMI’s vice president of program development.

IPMI’s Roadmap to Recovery, October 5, 2020

Download the document and find out how the industry is adapting and shaping steps for recovery. 

IPMI News: IPMI Celebrates 2020 Awards of Excellence Winners for Creativity, Design, Innovation in Parking & Mobility

The International Parking & Mobility Institute (IPMI) recently recognized seven outstanding 2020 Awards of Excellence winners.  IPMI’s Awards of Excellence program showcases outstanding parking and transportation facilities and innovative programs to further the parking, transportation, and mobility industry. Entries are reviewed by a panel of expert judges from every segment of the industry and ranked across a wide spectrum of criteria.

Explore the details and photo galleries for each winner here, and read the feature article in Parking & Mobility  magazine.

IPMI’s call for 2021 awards is open through October 30, 2020.

Best Design of a Mixed or Multi-use Parking &Transportation Facility:

The Center Street Garage, City of Berkeley, California

Submitted by: City of Berkeley, Calif. and International Parking Design, Inc.

Best Design of a Mixed or Multi-use Parking & Transportation Facility:

Terminal Garage, Nashville International Airport, Nashville, Tennessee

Submitted by Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority and Walker Consultants

Best Design of a Parking Facility:

San Francisco International Airport Long Term Parking 2

Submitted by San Francisco International Airport

Best Parking/Transportation Facility Rehabilitation or Restoration:

Nebraska Medical Center Lot 1 Restoration, Omaha, Nebraska

Submitted by Nebraska Medical Center and Walker Consultants

Innovation in a Mobility, Transportation, or Parking Program:

Automating Disability Cart Service, University of Arizona

Submitted by University of Arizona Parking & Transportation Services

Excellence in Architectural Design:

Center Street Garage, City of Berkeley, California

Submitted by: City of Berkeley, Calif. and International Parking Design, Inc.

Innovation in Facility Design:

Pixar Pals Parking Structure

Submitted by Walt Disney Imagineering and International Parking Design

Excellence in Sustainable Design:

Terminal Garage, Nashville International Airport, Nashville, Tennessee

Submitted by Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority and Walker Consultants.


IPMI, Coalition of Municipalities, Request $30B for COVID Recovery

Over the next few weeks, Congress is working on a potential third stimulus package to assist various sectors of the U.S. economy. The International Parking & Mobility Institute (IPMI), with a coalition of municipalities, is requesting an additional $30B to support cities providing essential services in response to COVID-19.

Read the Open Letter to Congress:

To: U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Leadership, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation and House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Members

From: International Parking & Mobility Institute (IPMI) on behalf of municipal parking and mobility organizations

The International Parking & Mobility Institute (IPMI) commends your commitment to protecting Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic and your leadership in passing the CARES Act to mitigate the direct impact to businesses. However, significant additional funding is needed for municipalities and cities facing ongoing and protracted challenges and disruption.

The restaurant, airline, and events industries have suffered a direct and immediate impact from pandemic-related shutdowns; it’s important to recognize that the parking and transportation industry underlies each of these industries. Parking is one of the most important urban mobility infrastructures, facilitating the daily needs of more than 100 million commuters and businesses across the country – every single day.

Parking is the foundation of municipal economic activity and a critical resource for businesses, their employees, first responders, tourists, and many others. The parking industry contributes to the U.S. economy by directly employing 580,000+ individuals and generating over $130 billion in annual revenue.

As the largest collective operators of parking facilities in the country, municipalities rely heavily on parking and transportation revenue to fund local budgets, transportation systems, and city programs.

The importance of parking-related revenue may be even more significant for smaller municipalities. Per Henry Servin, Parking Manager at the City of Santa Monica, Calif., “Parking contributes 30%+ revenue to Santa Monica’s General Fund every year.”

The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on municipalities cannot be understated. With a 50-70%+ drop in commuter activity and a 95%+ decrease in visitor revenue observed from real-time data in cities across the U.S., municipalities will likely incur a $30B loss of revenue in the next 12 months, resulting in significant employee layoffs.

Parking authorities and offices of our respective cities are avidly working to curb operational expenses in an effort to mitigate impact, but this alone cannot resolve the crisis they face.

We respectfully seek $30B in the upcoming stimulus bill be earmarked specifically for municipal governments. This funding will support services to businesses and residential communities throughout the country.

Municipalities provide essential services to 200 million residents and are in need of federal government relief. With your assistance, we can ensure that critical services are maintained, while helping to materially contribute to the economic recovery of our cities.

IPMI News: IPMI Releases Roadmap to Recovery, Special Edition: July 2020

Download IPMI”s Roadmap to Recovery, a special edition capturing the latest on the parking, transportation, and mobility industry’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Share your experience and your expertise.  Complete the 2020 IPMI COVID-19 Industry Response and Impact Benchmark Survey before July 30, 2020. One lucky participant will win a free membership for the entire year!

Download the pdf here, or click the image to read the online version with live links.


Online Instructor Led Course: Finance & Auditing for Parking, Transportation, and Mobility Pros

Two Day Course:  September 15 & 17, 2020


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This session is a comprehensive financial foundation for anyone involved in parking and mobility.  It will cover fundamental finance and accounting concepts with a specific reference marking and mobility budgets, including. financial reporting, budgeting, bond basics, Metrics (KPI’s), Captial Planning, Auditing, and the importance of stakeholder involvement.

At the completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Interpret and develop a financial report
  • Recognize why bond basics is a primary means to raise capital
  • Develop an audit checklist for your organization
  • Create a dashboard with metrics


Presenter: Samuel Veraldi, CAPP

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Sam Veraldi, CAPP is Vice  President of Consulting Services at SP+ Corporation. He formerly served as the Director of Parking and Transportation at Duke  University and a Practice Builder with Kimley Horn.  Sam has been teaching in the CAPP curriculum since 2015 and is a member of the Research Committee with the International Parking & Mobility Institute (IPMI). He has been teaching finance at Duke for more than 20 years, and has over 20 years Senior Finance experience with IBM and GE Capital.



Course Credits: 4 CAPP Points for Candidates and 4 CAPP Points for recertificants in Program Type 5.

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