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Increased Commercial Landscape Requires Multitalented Parking Professionals

The scope of commercial operations has rapidly expanded over the years. Many commercial operators are active in a variety of operating environments as a result of new opportunities or client needs. Read more >>

Gain Knowledge and Advance with CPP Certification

In today’s business environment, everyone looks to improve efficiency and productivity, maintain profitability and stay within budget. Certified Parking Professional (CPP) certification is an obvious choice to create these results. Read more >>

The New Parking Facility Manager

It’s no secret that new technology has the parking industry moving and changing at an increasingly fast pace. Having worked in and managed a number of parking facilities, from small municipalities to large retail operations, I know that technology can be both a lifesaver as well as the unfortunate obliteration of a flawless day. Read more >>

New to Parking: Parking Operator Primer

Preparing for parking success takes knowledge and know how. Here are 7 ways to prepare for parking career success in an operations and bottom line driven industry.

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Increase Your Professional Marketability

Increasing one’s professional marketability is not a one-size-fits-all solution. There are a variety of things you can do to ensure that you’re marketable, but what you choose to focus on depends on your professional goals. Read more >>

How to Be a Better Networker

Have you let in-person networking fall by the wayside while you focus on social networking? Networking on social media may seem like a time-saver, but getting to know others face-to-face is still essential to generate new business and cement existing relationships. After all, people do business with people they like. Read more >>

How to Get Known as an Industry Expert

Do you want to generate more leads, close more sales and be able to charge more for your parking business services? Being perceived as an industry expert helps you do all that and more. Read more >>

Efficient Operations Never Go Out of Style

A trend that never goes out of style in the parking industry is the need to reduce operating costs. Operators constantly look for ways to reduce labor and decrease administrative time, all while maintaining high customer service and meeting revenue goals. Read more >>

8 Tips for Better Networking

While social networking may be all the rage these days, it’s not enough. Good old-fashioned, in-person networking still matters. Here are eight tips to make in-person networking work for you, even if there are a million other places you’d rather be. Read more >>

Enhance Your Valet Knowledge Base with the Newly Updated CPP Program

NPA recently completed updates to the CPP certification program, including an expanded valet parking chapter in the CPP study guide. Read more >>

How to Build a Career in Parking: 10 Steps to Advance from Attendant to Management

Your career is in your hands. In parking, hard work, a positive attitude and willingness to learn and take on more responsibility help you get ahead. When you think about your career, ask yourself—where do I want to be in five years? What about ten years? Focus on a path to build skills and grow within your private or public parking organization.

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