Northwest Group Forms Regional Association
The Northwest Parking Association was founded by a group of parking professionals who saw value in a regional organization designed to provide those involved in the operation, management, or ownership of parking and transportation programs with an open forum to discuss common problems, share information, technical support, and stay informed of parking-related legislation.
While many regional parking organizations exist around the country, this is the first such organization in the Northwest. Rand Stamm of the University of Oregon started the ball rolling, and the first organizational meeting was held at the IPI in 2005 at Ft. Lauderdale. The Southwest Parking Association also helped in offering information and support.
The NWPA is a mutual support network providing an environment that fosters the growth and development of the parking industry and parking professionals in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Alaska, Hawaii, and British Columbia.
These professionals work with such programs as colleges and universities, municipalities, transit agencies, airport authorities, medical centers, civic centers, owner-operated public parking and consultants and vendors. If you are a professional in the field of parking and transportation, you will derive a great deal of benefit through your NWPA membership. NWPA membership is open to parking managers, operators, vendors, and consultants.
The association is currently planning its first annual conference which is expected to be held in early August 2006. It will be sending out an electronic survey that will help in its planning so that the conference is positive, informative and accommodating to its members' needs.
The founding board of directors includes: Casey Jones, President, University of Colorado; Judith Gray, Vice President, Kittelson & Associates; Angela Timmen, Secretary, Oregon Health & Sciences University; Rand Stamm, Treasurer, University of Oregon; Kevin Kinney, Anchorage Parking Authority; Jared Everett, Boise State University; John Shaheen, Washington State University; Michael Jacobs, City of Vancouver, Washington; Steve Cordon, Boise State University. (Casey Jones has recently started his new position at the University of Colorado - he was with the city of Portland, Oregon. The board decided to keep the momentum of the organization going and asked him to stay on as president.)
Those wishing to join or receive further information can contact the Association through its web site www.nwparking.org.
Article Abstract from March, 2006