2024 PIE Municipal Program


2024 PIE Municipal Program

January 2024


PIE 2024 - Register to AttendThis year, PIE will host a Municipal Program that offers a series of educational and informative sessions that will address the challenges faced by municipal parking programs across the country. The content has been developed to benefit all PIE attendees and you don’t want to miss out on the case studies and experiences that will be shared. It does not matter what type of operation you manage, there is no doubt that everyone is facing similar impacts. Check out some of the program highlights: 


Parking Management: 3 Different Perspectives, Same Goal


Three cities, three different departments, three approaches, yet one goal: Manage Parking! 


Don’t miss this PIE session as 3 different city departments share how they manage their parking challenges within their organization. You might be surprised to learn that parking is managed in practically every city department throughout the country. Join this engaging group of panelists representing Police, Public Works, and the City Manager’s office as they share their firsthand accounts of supporting parking management along with their other department priorities within their municipal organization.


The discussion will highlight each city’s overall program objectives and implementation strategies, including progressive public outreach, technological procurements, municipal code changes, staffing needs, and parking signage.


Audience members will learn how each city navigates parking management challenges while addressing equitability and access, residential and commercial parking demands, and fiscal management including strategic investment for a sustainable program solution.


Parking impacts practically everything in your city, find out how these city departments have implemented progressive change, how they measured program success over time, and about the successes and challenges each city faced along the way.


LPR – More than Just for Enforcement


Mobile License Plate Recognition (LPR) has quickly become the industry standard for parking enforcement, leading to increased accuracy and efficiency; however, there is more to it than that! 


Have you ever had to collect parking data, such as occupancy or turnover? Traditionally, that might include boots on the ground efforts manually counting cars or recording license plates on paper or on a phone. That often means city employees will have to take time out of their day to collect this data, or if hiring a contractor, they will usually hire teams of temporary and part time employees who are difficult to manage and deliver questionable results. Even if they are using other means to collect this data, it frequently includes targeted efforts using cameras or sensors that are expensive and include a complicated data processing endeavor. 


Several cities are now using mobile LPR to capture data that helps them with their data driven decisions as well as the management of their enforcement fleet. While targeted data collection efforts with mobile LPR are still relevant, they are more efficient and accurate than other means. However, cities with mobile LPR for enforcement have an immense opportunity to capture parking metrics wherever they go, whenever. This opens opportunities for year-round results. When done right, LPR data has a huge impact on how you collect parking metrics and can transform your parking operations. In this session you’ll learn how some cities have done just that.


Procurement – What You Need to Know


Procurement processes are a big investment of time and resources for both agencies and vendors. This session will focus on both perspectives, examining lessons learned from recent technology and service solicitations, with planning for the ongoing evolution of parking technology. We will also review procurement processes and discuss performance standards that should be considered when evaluating vendor solutions. Attendees will learn how acquisition of parking technology and services differs from an agency’s typical procurement methods. We will discuss the necessary efforts to transition from existing procurement processes that focus on low bid responses and reinforce why best value is critical to support and futureproof your parking operations.


This real-world session will focus on how to effectively define your project objectives to ensure thorough and meaningful responses that identify measurable performance standards and accountable timelines, while identifying ways to hold vendors accountable to performance standards and delivery timelines. There will be an open discussion about the challenges faced by both vendors and agencies in the overall process, from solicitation to contract execution including the often overlooked importance of integrations and why requirements need to be clearly defined

during the solicitation process in order to avoid the dreaded change orders that often follow incomplete procurement efforts.


Take advantage of this session to review the most recent lessons learned from parking solicitations ranging from turnkey technology services to operations support and staffing. We will review some of the most recent specifications and share the outcomes and reasoning for certain approaches. This is an opportunity to bring your questions and prepare yourself whether developing a specification or responding to one. See you at PIE 2024.


The Municipal Parking Perspective 


This interactive PIE panel presentation will include leadership representatives from a spectrum of municipal parking programs across the United States. The group of expert panelists will demonstrate that no matter how large or small your program is, we all experience similar challenges. Learn from experience as these parking professionals explain how they navigate the politics of parking while supporting a positive customer service experience.


Each municipal parking manager will share some of the lessons learned from their parking program experience as they compare the priorities of their agency while navigating the current impacts on mobility and curb management demands. The session will include an overview of their operations including personal experiences and challenges faced through each of their unique parking careers. Find out how they have incorporated data into their daily parking management decision and gain an understanding for technology changes and limited resources are impacting the transition to automation including the implementation of gateless solutions and the expedited influence of EV charging. Learn how these transitions are being integrated and implemented into established parking programs. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from this group of municipal experts. 

Article contributed by:
Julie Dixon, Dixon Resources Unlimited
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