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Innovation and Collaboration at the University of Kentucky

Cover of Parking & Mobility magazine showing mixed-use building at the University of KentuckyThe University of Kentucky understood the need to continue to provide parking assets to support its growing campus, but also the essential component of effectively utilizing limited space for the highest and best uses possible. They also recognized the essential role of incorporating successful economic development master planning strategies to support the financial requirements of such a build, while contributing to the economic vitality of the campus.

The result was a unique P3 (public-private partnership) involving a land swap, lease-lease back, shared property management, and both parking and community space–inside and out–that collectively benefit the university and the surrounding community in Lexington, Ky.–unique all around and, as it turned out, very good for everyone involved.

This month’s Parking & Mobility magazine showcases the Cornerstone, UK’s new mixed-use gem that offers parking, 23,000 square feet of mixed-use including a state-of-the-art gaming and esports facility, and serves as a gateway to an innovation district bringing new features, ideas, and collaborations to the whole community. It feels like a glimpse into the future–read it here.

Revenue Control System Procurement in a New World

Sihouette of woman with technology symbols superinposed on her headBy Don Barrett, CAPP

In the past 24 years I have seen many improvements in the revenue control systems that are available on the market. We have seen some equipment providers stop production of their lines of equipment the past several years. We have also seen the number of new upstart companies grow at a far greater rate, specifically in the mobile payment arena.

With all these changes, there has to be some thought put into the procurement process of a new revenue control system. This process should involve both short- and long-term goals of the system. As with all technology, anyone purchasing a system must realize that in the fast-paced tech world, new features and functionality will inevitably occur.

When procuring a system, there are several options available. The procurement can be done directly through various methods. The system can be purchased by the owner/operator directly from a manufacturer. The owner/operator can request pricing for systems from a select number of manufacturers. And the owner/operator can enlist the assistance of a consultant who will provide guidance and manage an RFP process.

Regardless of the method of procurement that is selected, the system requirements should be clearly identified. What functionalities will the new system need to have? Whether the new system will need to provide monthly parking functionality, LPR, availability to remotely monitor the facility, transient, and a myriad of other functionalities must be considered. A schedule for the procurement process should also be determined, containing initial meetings for system specifications and provide realistic timelines for each stage of the procurement process. Upon completion of the selection process, the purchaser and system provider should meet and continue to refine the timeline so all expectations are clearly defined. At the end of the process, the goal is to have a system that meets all the goals of the owner/operator.

Don Barrett, CAPP, is executive vice president, aviation, with REEF Parking.

Airports Transform Parking Lots into COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

Close up color image depicting a blue sign with the words 'covid vaccination site' at a covid-19 vaccination centre.As travel slowly ramps back up after COVID-19, airports are donating their under-used parking lots and garages as vaccination sites for their communities:

  • The red lot at Portland International Airport is offering drive-through vaccine services administered by the Oregon Health & Science University. Volunteers from the Red Cross are helping direct traffic.
  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport in Houston will host vaccine clinics in parking lots soon. These clinics are being run by the Houston Health Department. Details here (subscription required).
  • San Francisco International Airport has used a parking garage for a vaccine clinic in cooperation with San Mateo County.
  • Lee County, Fla., is offering vaccinations at events in an old terminal lot across the street from Southwest Florida International Airport.

Is your operation hosting vaccine clinics in a lot or garage? Please let us know.

Online Instructor Led Learning: Wicked Problem Solving – May 11, 2021

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Wicked Problem Solving

In this intermediate-level course, industry leaders will be provided wicked problems and practice how to solve them. Learn what makes a problem wicked. The easy problems are solved, the ones left for executives are wicked.

Objectives:

  • Learn about your approach to problem-solving and those of others.
  • Practice identifying the three aspects that make a problem wicked and recognize steps on how to solve them.
  • Practice identifying wicked problems given current real-life scenarios that the industry is facing due to COVID-19.
  • Identify the people problems that impede solutions.

This is a two-day course.  Offers 4 CAPP points or .4 CEU’s toward application or recertification.

For more information, contact professionaldevelopment@parking-mobility.org


Instructor:

Dr. Andrea Hornett

Andrea Hornett taught strategy at Penn State and is retired from the business faculty at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Andy researched virtual teams at Xerox, earning her doctorate at George Washington University. She has more than a hundred presentations and peer-reviewed publications in organizational problem solving and learning, leadership, ethics, and knowledge transfer. In her extensive business career, she developed and consulted on global strategies and organizational solutions (e.g. DuPont Pharmaceuticals, The GAP, National Alliance of Business, Manufacturers’ Association of the Delaware Valley).

 

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Online Instructor Led Learning: Wicked Problem Solving – May 13, 2021

 

 

Register here for this event. $150 for IPMI Members


Non-Members may attend for a $300 registration fee. Click the register link above to attend as a non-member.  Need help logging in?

Contact us at professionaldevelopment@parking-mobility.org.

NOT A MEMBER? JOIN TODAY.


Wicked Problem Solving

In this intermediate-level course, industry leaders will be provided wicked problems and practice how to solve them. Learn what makes a problem wicked. The easy problems are solved, the ones left for executives are wicked.

Objectives:

  • Learn about your approach to problem-solving and those of others.
  • Practice identifying the three aspects that make a problem wicked and recognize steps on how to solve them.
  • Practice identifying wicked problems given current real-life scenarios that the industry is facing due to COVID-19.
  • Identify the people problems that impede solutions.

This is a two-day course.  Offers 4 CAPP points or .4 CEU’s toward application or recertification.

For more information, contact professionaldevelopment@parking-mobility.org


Instructor:

Dr. Andrea Hornett

Andrea Hornett taught strategy at Penn State and is retired from the business faculty at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Andy researched virtual teams at Xerox, earning her doctorate at George Washington University. She has more than a hundred presentations and peer-reviewed publications in organizational problem solving and learning, leadership, ethics, and knowledge transfer. In her extensive business career, she developed and consulted on global strategies and organizational solutions (e.g. DuPont Pharmaceuticals, The GAP, National Alliance of Business, Manufacturers’ Association of the Delaware Valley).

Women, Parking and Mobility, and Leadership

Headshots of nine women of different ethnicities, all smiling.“When young girls watched Kamala Harris take the oath of office as the first woman to become U.S. vice president, they could envision their own future. It seemed a moment that showed us that a woman can achieve anything,” wrote Miami Parking Authority CEO Alejandra “Alex” Argudin, CAPP, in the Miami Herald last week. “Still, although there are dozens of women breaking the glass ceiling in various professions, women still lag in many markers of success.”

Argudin, treasurer of IPMI’s Board of Directors, wrote about her family, led by a single mom after the death of her father, going without a lot but feeling lucky and able–and encouraged–to share what they had. The article then talks about her becoming the first woman to lead the Miami Parking Authority just eight days before COVID hit last spring, and that her first reaction–along with many in parking and mobility–was to serve the community and share what was available. From that spirit came the curbside zones that helped many businesses survive the last year, along with many other initiatives in the same spirit.

“The Authority, through a wide range of operational and marketing initiatives, has given more than $1 million in in-kind, on-street parking to restaurants and customers in Miami,” wrote Argudin.

We’re proud to share the article on International Women’s Day, proud of the role parking and mobility has played in keeping the nation moving during a year of unimaginable challenge, and proud to be part of an industry in which women like Alex are leading the way. Read her whole article here.