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UGA Parking Services named 2011 parking organization of the year

Athens, Ga. – The International Parking Institute recently named University of Georgia Parking Services as the 2011 worldwide parking organization of the year. UGA competed against thousands of parking organizations including universities, hospitals, municipalities and private entities for this award.

“The UGA Parking Services’ tagline, ‘beyond expectation,’ highlights the importance of customer service to the department’s mission and exemplifies all that is best in the parking profession,” said Shawn Conrad, IPI’s executive director.

UGA Parking Services’ commitment to customer service has resulted in the increased safety, security and physical appearance of its parking facilities; the development of more customer-driven solutions to parking challenges; the maintenance of fiscal responsibility and accountability; the enhancement of staff training and morale; and technology being infused throughout its programs.

The department’s focus on sustainability has resulted in reward programs for drivers of high efficiency cars and incentives for those using alternative transportation. While the focus on safety offers students a free vehicle maintenance and inspections program before school holidays.

“It was an honor to accept this award on behalf of our professional and dedicated employees. Our employees have worked exceptionally hard to improve the parking experience for students, faculty, staff and visitors at the university,” said Don Walter, manager of Parking Services. “We are very grateful that the IPI recognized our department, out of the thousands of parking organizations worldwide, through this coveted award in the parking industry.”

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