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TPTA Establishes Marc Denson Scholarship  

The Texas Parking and Transportation Association (TPTA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the establishment of the Marc Denson Scholarship Fund.

 The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support those who seek to build a career in the parking and transportation industries. The TPTA Board will select an applicant each year, and award them the TPTA scholarship based on their commitment to public service and the parking and transportation industry. Scholarship applicants will be assessed not only on their academic achievements, but also on their commitment to public service.

 The TPTA scholarship has been established in memory of Marc Denson, who served as the Parking Manager for thee City of Corpus Christi. He also served on the TPTA Board of Directors from 2012 – 2017. In 2017 Marc passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.

We are thrilled to establish this scholarship in memory of our friend and colleague Marc Denson. We look forward to the opportunity to further his legacy through supporting up and coming parking and transportation industry professionals.

 For more information about the Marc Denson Scholarship, including application requirements, deadlines, and submission details visit our Scholarship page.

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Member Profile - Matt Penney, Baylor University

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The next feature in our TPTA Member Profile blog series is Matt Penney! Matt Penney serves as Director of Parking & Transportation Services for Baylor University. Learn more about Matt’s experience as a TPTA member below!

How long has your organization been a member of TPTA?

I have been at Baylor Almost 9 years and the relationship was good and in place prior to my arrival.

How did you learn about TPTA?

Baylor’s software representative at the time was getting a heavy dose of questions and could see I needed help.  She recommended the TPTA conference as a ‘must go to’ event/organization.

What value has your TPTA membership provided you for your career?

I remember meeting Dr. Bob Harkins from the University of Texas at my first TPTA event.  He was a deserving legend within the TPTA group and beyond.  I was new to parking and he spent time with me and told me ‘if there was anything he could do for me to just let him know’.  I met Peter Lange from Texas A&M University who managed the largest university parking operation in the world.  He invited me to visit his operation and wore a green and gold tie when I took him up on the offer. 

There was an immediate theme that kept reoccurring as I bounced around introducing myself at my first conference, People were open and welcoming.  I gathered numerous business cards and eventually made several trips to nearby campus parking operations.  I can unashamedly say I ‘borrowed’ ideas from outstanding parking operators across the state. 

What value has your TPTA membership provided your institution?

TPTA kick started my introduction into the parking world.  Introductions and networking with other professionals in a relaxed setting was ideal for getting to know leaders across the state.

What would be your advice to those organizations who are not yet a TPTA member?

The hospitality of Texas is already famous, even the parking ‘folks’ know how to make someone feel at home.  The challenges of the Great State are unique as well.  TPTA brings the best people and ideas across the state together and everyone benefits. 

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TPTA Conference Session Feature: Parking Operations & Procurement - Best Practices & Lessons Learned

This presentation will introduce an approach that can be applied to any parking program, allowing you to apply best practices in your operation. It will incorporate innovative strategies to achieve your optimal parking program focusing on financial analysis, operations, asset management, workforce management, and maintenance.

Check out the full agenda and register here: https://bit.ly/2GkLdxJ

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Top 5 reasons we created an app for #TPTA2019

This year’s mobile app for the Texas Parking & Transportation Association is going to be awesome! Here are just a few benefits and reasons why you don’t want to miss out on the app:

 •  Access the event schedule and customize your agenda with personal appointments

•  See all the speakers and read their bios.

•  Check out the exhibitors and locate their booths more easily through an interactive map

•  Get important updates and exciting offers through the app through Push Notifications

•  See who’s attending and share contact information by networking with other attendees

Our app will soon be live. Stay tuned for the app release details and more info on how you can use the app to enhance your event experience.

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One More Week Until the 2019 TPTA Conference & Tradeshow!

We are officially one week away from the 2019 TPTA Conference & Tradeshow. Don’t miss out on this important opportunity for you and your staff to learn from experts on a wide range of topics important in the parking, transportation, and mobility industry.

The TPTA Conference & Tradeshow will include industry professionals from a wide range of specialties including higher education and healthcare institutions, cities, municipal parking authorities, transit agencies, airports, parking operators, and more. Some of the topics highlighted will include: 

  • Customer service

  • Parking technology

  • Enforcement

  • Impacts of mobility trends on parking

  • Parking operations during natural disasters

  • Smart cities

  • Alternative transportation

  • Strategic planning

  • Curb management

  • Procurement best practices

There’s still time to join us for this important event and gain access to the information, resources, and connections to enhance your organization, as well as your career.

View the entire agenda here, and register today!

 

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Ready….Set….Network!

TPTA wants to make sure that you have a FANTASTIC conference experience. Here are the top ten things to remember to enhance your conference experience:

1. Bring business cards.

2. Walk the exhibit hall multiple times. The conference guide has the layout and listing of exhibitors. Check out the companies in advance. Come with questions about the products that interest you. 

3. Don’t just hang out with friends. Make it a goal to meet 2-3 new people per day.

4. A good trick is to take notes about the other person on the back of their business card! 

5. Take pictures! Use your phone to take pictures of old and new friends or parking innovations, then post them to Facebook, or Twitter @TexasParking, #TPTA2019

6. Look at the speaker list. Read their bios. Does their topic or background speak to one of your challenges?  If so, make it a goal to speak with them.

7. Talk to speakers before their presentation time. Everybody has questions after the presentation. Connect with them in advance! The conference guide has their pictures and bios for your benefit.

8. Download the conference app - you can see the attendee list, setup meetings with colleagues and personalize your schedule.

9. Have fun, enjoy the conference and bring lots of energy. There is time to sleep when you get back home!

10. Follow up with each person you meet after the conference. Connect on LinkedIn, send an email or a link to an interesting article.

We look forward to seeing you in Houston!

#TPTA2019 

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Two more weeks until the TPTA Conference & Tradeshow!

Don't forget to register for this fantastic opportunity to learn from and network with other parking, transportation, and mobility professionals from throughout Texas and beyond! Register here - https://bit.ly/2MWaRcc

Check out the full agenda and register here: https://bit.ly/2GkLdxJ

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TPTA Conference Session Feature: Driving Smart Cities

Driving Smart Cities - Seven Critical Trends Impacting Parking, Transportation, and Mobility

Offered by IPMI's Parking Research Committee, this presentation will discuss seven key trends and innovations in our industry that are fundamentally changing our business. This presentation will explore disruptive and innovative trends, including TNC's and the demand for the curb, the journey toward autonomous vehicles, and more.

Check out the full agenda and register here: https://bit.ly/2GkLdxJ

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Three Weeks Until the TPTA Conference & Tradeshow! Register Now and Plan for Pre-Conference Networking.

We are just three weeks away from the largest gathering of parking, transportation, and mobility professionals in Texas. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn about the latest trends, technologies, and solutions from around the industry, as well as network with and learn from professionals who share your same daily experiences and challenges.

The TPTA Conference & Tradeshow will include numerous sessions from industry experts designed to provide attendees with valuable information and education to enhance their organizations and operations back home. The event also includes numerous networking and professional development opportunities. In addition, the tradeshow will feature opportunities to meet and network with some of the top industry product and solution providers from around the country.

Also, don’t forget to register for our exciting new pre-conference networking event – the Texas Style Skeet Shootout. This will be a great opportunity to network with fellow conference attendees in an “outside-the-box” way.

 View the entire agenda here, and register today! Don’t miss out on this important event!

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TPTA Conference Session Feature: Enforcing through the Storm: How Parking Survives a Natural Disaster

Following Hurricane Harvey in 2017, the City of Houston's parking enforcement team experienced something few parking organizations ever will: the complete shutdown of a major city and the recovery effort that followed. Learn about the ways they faced this challenge, including lessons learned and strategies for future emergencies.

Check out the full agenda and register here: https://bit.ly/2GkLdxJ

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TPTA Conference Session Feature: Offering a Payment App Only Gets You to the Starting Line

This presentation will offer organizations who have implemented a parking payment app strategies for assuring widespread adoption. Attendees will learn why it's essential to promote adoption of mobile parking payment, and how cities have created and implemented strategies to assure that parkers are using their mobile payment apps.

Check out the full agenda and register here: https://bit.ly/2GkLdxJ

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