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What Cities Need

U.S. Capitol building with flags draped across the front and an inauguration stage on the steps.By David Feehan

As January 20 approaches with a new administration in Washington, D.C. (where I live), I have to express my outrage for recent events. I love living in Washington and I have great respect for the heart of our federal government. Having said that, it is important that we look forward to what a new administration might mean for transportation, parking, and cities in general.

Let’s look at what we need. Cities–downtowns in particular–are hurting right now because the virus that has killed more than 365,000 Americans has also nearly killed many businesses. Parking and transit systems have been hit hard by loss of revenues. And city governments have been struggling with budget issues as tax revenues and parking revenues are greatly diminished.

Everywhere we turn, almost no aspect of urban living goes unaffected. I work with the University of Minnesota, and the absence of sports revenues, parking revenues, and other types of income have forced the layoffs of faculty and staff. The ancillary loss of business to business districts surrounding the university has yet to be measured.

There will be a major role for the new administration to play in helping cities recover. Direct financial aid will be needed. Investments in infrastructure and support for transportation systems and specific grant programs can help recovery. Bus and subway systems will need subsidies until riders return and in the meantime, rolling stock will need ongoing maintenance. Old programs such as Urban Development Action Grants might be revived to help developers complete stalled projects.

Local readers will look to new cabinet officers for creative ideas. The departments of transportation, housing and urban development, commerce, and other cabinet-level departments should develop and implement new programs that encourage recovery and provide a bridge to stability. And the new normal will undoubtedly look different than the old normal. Teleworking, e-commerce, ghost kitchens, and food delivery systems will offer new challenges and opportunities.

We have to put 2020 behind us and look to the future.

David Feehan is president of Civitas Consultants, LLC.

Member News: Westward’s GO-4 Vehicles Enhance Purdue University Parking Efficiencies While Reducing Fuel Costs by 65%

Purdue University recently obtained two GO-4 parking specific vehicles from Westward Industries. The GO-4 vehicles will support the university’s efforts to expand their mobility, transportation, and parking management operations, elevating their on-street and lot presence while increasing mobile reads within their mobile LPR systems.

Purdue University sought a solution to their parking enforcement needs as they continue to experience significant growth on campus. The University’s goals for introducing the vehicles to their fleet were efficiency, safety, and reliability, while achieving a return on investment not typically experienced with standard fleet vehicles. The GO-4’s unique design makes them highly maneuverable making them essential for patrolling beyond the pylons and in the parking decks.

According to Andy Pruitt, Purdue’s Parking Facilities Coordinator, “We recently added two GO-4s and have already recognized exceptional gains for our department. Apart from the approachable aspect, these GO-4 vehicles are highly efficient, saving our university 65% in fuel costs per month as compared to our other enforcement vehicles. The GO-4’s design aids in creating the desired environment; efficient, maneuverable, safe and different. I would highly recommend any of my colleagues to look into how these vehicles can fit into your operation”

He continued, “Purdue University strives to have its PEO’s be ambassadors for the University, exemplifying the Boiler Maker way. Westward’s GO-4 vehicles have been a valuable complement to the University’s parking operation and will continue to help its parking operation exceed its goals”.


About Westward Industries

Westward has a strong history of designing and manufacturing task-specific vehicles for use across cities, colleges and universities, healthcare campuses, corporate parking facilities, and more. Their GO-4 series of parking enforcement vehicles adapt to many environments, offering a cost-effective and functional solution to parking management department needs through license plate recognition and digital chalking, while offering flexibility and efficiency not offered with standard vehicles.

As one of the largest manufacturers of task-specific on road vehicles in North America, Westward is leading the industry with smart enforcement vehicle technology that will propel parking enforcement solutions into the future.

For more information, visit https://westwardindustries.com.


Parking, COVID, and Universities

University ParkingBy David M. Feehan

I have spent the last couple of years working to strengthen a business district organization in Dinkytown, the district adjacent to the main campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. This historic district is the place where Bob Zimmerman from Hibbing, Minn., got his start as a folk singer and changed his name to Bob Dylan.

As with any major university (and this is one of the largest in the U.S.) parking is always an issue. Student parking, staff and faculty parking, visitor and customer parking all must be managed and managed well, or chaos ensues.

Now, however, the university and surrounding areas must deal with a new and unexpected problem: no cars. A decision has not yet been made, but the fall semester may be conducted mostly online; there may be no football season; and most businesses are either closed or in limited operating mode.

So obviously, this presents the university, the city, and private businesses with a whole host of problems. One is obviously the loss of revenue. Football games are a tremendous source of revenue for the university, and parking revenue on game days is substantial. Football season for the business district is like Christmas for shopping centers. Local restaurants and bars can do half of their annual sales during the football season. But loss of customers does not mean expenses go away. Lots and garages still have to maintained, utilities stall have to be paid, and employees are still on the payroll unless furloughed.

Parking for students is another issue. Many students may elect to live at home with parents if classes are online. This represents additional revenue loss for the university. It also means lost revenue for the city, as on-street parking serves commuting students as well as restaurant and shop customers.

How long will the crisis last and what will be the lasting impact on parking? Will, for example, students who drive to campus opt for public transportation or purchase bikes? Will carpooling become more popular? Will more student housing be built so students can walk to campus? There are so many things we don’t know right now. But the “new normal” is upon us, and if you manage university parking or parking near a university, now is the time to get your plan in place.

David M. Feehan is president of Civitas Consultants, LLC.

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IPMI Webinar: The Road to APO: Success Stories & Lessons Learned

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On-Demand Webinar Fee: $35.00 for IPMI Members, $85.00 for Non-Members


This panel discussion is valuable for anyone interested in learning more about becoming an Accredited Parking Organization and the steps to success. Speakers, including decision-makers from the municipal, university, and private-operations sectors, will provide an overview on APO, specifically the requirements and process. This format will allow the audience to learn about real-life examples from similar organizations. The session will highlight best practices and lessons learned for successfully completing the APO process.


  • Get a brief overview of the APO, program requirements, and process.
  • Learn about real case study examples from three sectors with unique APO experiences.
  • Identify best practices and lessons learned in achieving APO designation.


Chris Austin, CAPP leads and directs the operations, communications and future planning for Parking and Transportation at the University at Buffalo. He leads a team that manages over 17,000 parking spaces across three campuses, while providing mobility options that service over 2.5 million customers annually. He is currently an IPMI Board Member, with many years of service on the Board of Parking Directors for the City of Buffalo and New York State Parking Association.



Megan Leinart, CAPP, LEED AP BD+C is President of Leinart Consulting, a company specializing in marketing strategy planning and execution, program marketing and branding, and sustainability consulting for the parking and commercial real estate industries. She is a LEED Accredited Professional, a Parksmart Advisor, and an Accredited Parking Organization (APO) Site Reviewer.

Isaiah Mouw, CAPP, has worked in the parking industry for more than 12 years with a focus in municipal parking. In his role as Senior Vice President of Municipal Operations, he supports the municipal division under the REEF Parking umbrella. He serves on the Board of Directors for IPMI’s CAPP Board. In 2019, Isaiah was awarded IPMI’s Parking Professional of the Year.


Clarena Tolson is a creative leader with 30+ years of public service in the City of Philadelphia, Pa. She is a proven and innovative leader in public policy, logistics, strategic planning, and organizational management. She is currently Deputy Executive Director for Performance Excellence. Prior

to working at the PPA, she served as commissioner of two major city departments—streets and revenue—and is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

IPMI Webinar: More than a Parking Garage: Transformative Leadership to Shift Campus Culture

Live Online Webcast: $35.00 for IPMI Members, $50.00 for Non-Members


As college campuses and universities continue to adapt to today’s changing economic and political climate, campus services must breakdown silos and reach across departments to mitigate challenges and support student success.  Join NACAS CEO, Kelsey Harmon Finn, Patrick Keenan, and Emily Massa as they lead a conversation to understand how college parking & transportation professionals are leading the way toward creating outstanding services, exceptional experiences, and preparing themselves to take on more responsibility.


  • Demonstrate enhanced leadership capacity to innovate business solutions within parking, transportation, and mobility
  • Implement new ideas for how to manage expectations from supervisors
  • Identify unique opportunities for partnerships to solve challenges in the industry



Kelsey Harmon Finn serves as the Chief Executive Officer of NACAS. Prior to joining NACAS, Kelsey’s accomplished work history includes over 15 years of progressive experience in higher education. Her time in higher education has been focused on auxiliary services and student services. Kelsey’s vision is to bring business and student development-minded individuals together, believing the out-of-classroom experience is where skills for life are fostered and the student experience thrives.


Patrick Keenan, MEd, PMP is the Director of Student Life Operations at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Patrick has over 35 years of experience working in higher education and, more specifically, at one University! As the director of student life operations at UMD, his energies are primarily focused on capital projects for the division and oversight of the Transportation & Parking Services department.




Emily A. Messa. Ph.D, CASAP is the Associate Vice Chancellor/Associate Vice President for Administration for the University of Houston System/University of Houston.  Dr. Messa oversees a dynamic leadership team who leads dining services, parking and transportation services, bookstore operations, and a broad portfolio encompassing campus auxiliary services departments that provide core business services to the campus community.

Free Online Shoptalk for Universities and Campuses: COVID-19 and Our Industry’s Response

Tuesday, March 24, 2020: 2:00 PM EST

Online Shoptalk for Universities and Campuses: COVID-19 and Our Industry’s Response

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Join IPMI for a free online shoptalk to discuss and collaborate about the effects of the COVID-19 virus and the industry’s response. Moderated by Casey Jones, CAPP, former IPMI chair, this hour-long discussion will provide insights, evolving best practices and ideas/solutions to help your organization cope with these challenges. We understand this is an extremely busy time and will record the online shoptalk and distribute to all members and colleagues.  If you have a question or would like to share something that has worked for your organization in advance, please email Fernandez@parking-mobility.org.


Casey Jones, CAPP is a recognized transportation and parking industry leader with over 24 years industry experience overseeing parking and transportation programs in the Pacific Northwest and at the University of Colorado and Boise State University.  He’s spent the past 10 years providing consulting and project management services to universities, cities and hospitals focusing on improving customer satisfaction, operational effectiveness, and financial performance.  His public and private sector operational experience complements his strong project management skills and experience. Jones currently serves as Senior Parking & Mobility Planner for DESMAN. He is past chairman of the board for the International Parking & Mobility Institute (IPMI), he serves on the Accredited Parking Organization Board of Directors and is a board director for the California Public Parking Association and Pacific Intermountain Parking and Transportation Association.

IPMI On-Demand Webinar: Campus Cruzin’: Everything You Need to Know to Operate a Successful Scooter and University Partnership

November 13, 2019 @ 2:00 pm3:00 pm EST

On-Demand Webinar Fee: $35.00 for IPMI Members, $50.00 for Non-Members

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Description: Cities and universities are the latest focus for commercial scooter operations, which have taken them by storm. Commercial scooter companies have developed a reputation for being disruptive, cluttering streets, and creating safety risks. Despite the uproar, there is the opportunity to embrace the disruption and celebrate the possibilities scooters offer as first- and last-mile commute options through formalized university partnerships.


  • Identify and define areas of concern and offer solutions.
  • Develop successful and educational marketing campaigns.
  • Design guidelines that promote safety and encourage sustainable transportation.


Blanca Gamez, PhD, has been employed with PTS for more than 10 years, beginning her career with the department as a student associate for events. She graduated with a degree from UT in advertising and received her master’s degree in public administration and urban and environmental planning, and her PhD in education from Texas State University. As associate director, she oversees all transportation and administrative functions for the department.