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Four Cities, Five Topics, One Day; Parking Information Goes Real Time

A seminar on the sale or lease of public parking assets will lead off the Park Across America seminar to be held April 18 in four cities across the country. Four
other seminars will round out the day’s training and information sessions.
The seminar will be led by Richard West, parking entrepreneur and specialist in working with financial institutions that have interest in infrastructure purchase. He will be joined on the panel by representatives from funding organizations. This is where you will get answers as to how to begin reviewing the possibilities of selling or leasing your municipal, university, hospital, airport, or private parking facilities.
That session will be followed by a focus on technology that will untangle the issues in dealing with credit and debit cards. What are your liabilities? What do PCI, DSS, CISP, PABP mean and how do they affect your operation? What are the common risks associated with credit card fraud and how to mitigate them? Blake Laufer and Jason Wolfgang of T2 systems will present this timely and important topic.
The most popular session at the Parking Industry Exhibition last year, revenue control and auditing, will be presented by Parking’s bad boy, former vice president for a major parking operator, garage manage and independent auditor Dennis Cunning. Find out how attention to a few details can make a major difference to your income.
Next, Richard Choate, principal of Choate Parking Consultants and the designer of over 500 parking structures across the country will detail the do’s and don’ts of designing and building a parking structure. What are the 10 things you need to know, and the 10 biggest mistakes most make when planning and building a structure. If you are even thinking about building a new structure, this is a “no miss’ seminar.
The last panel will be led by Robert Milner, former garage manager, senior manager for a major parking operator, and currently head of parking and transportation for the University of Maryland. The discussion will feature ways you can improve your parking operation. From personnel to lighting and scheduling – here are tips the pros use every day to create a safer, better run and customer friendly parking operation.
The day will also include PAA’s famous “speed networking.” You’ve heard of ‘speed dating’, well here’s your chance to meet and get to know the people in your area who have similar problems and often solutions to your problems. Expand your rolodex and have 40 people who will take your calls and answer questions. They did it last year at PIE and it was dynamite.
The sessions will be held in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle. All sessions will be live, and at least one session will originate in each city. The rest beamed through internet connections.

For timing, locations and to register, log on to www.parkingtoday.com and click on Park Across America.

Article Abstract from February, 2007




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