Last week, a Coord contingent migrated south with the snowbirds and Disney-obsessed to attend the National Parking Association Convention and Expo in Orlando, Florida. It was three days chock-full of reconnecting with old friends/partners, meeting many new ones and learning a ton about the current state of off-street parking, on-street parking and mobility innovation!
One of our newfound friends, Gumby the Parking Attendant
The conference kicked off with Stephen, our CEO, being featured on a panel to discuss street safety and how curb regulations play a central role in this. This followed with another big speaking engagement for Coord: Stephen was the keynote presenter at the awards luncheon!
His talk began by covering the current, chaotic state of the curb, initiatives cities are taking to address this growing demand for curb real estate, and the importance of having a digital understanding of this space to be able to make better informed and equitable decisions about it.
After a few technical difficulties, Stephen began to prove just how valuable the curb is to both on-street and off-street parking enthusiasts. Curb productivity is the next big thing!
A good portion of NPA attendees manage off-street lots as well, so the second half delved into how and why off-street parking companies should care about the transformation of the curb, highlighting the importance of understanding your lots as part of an ecosystem of parking and taking measures to make lots more discoverable for parkers who might otherwise be circling for an ever-dwindling supply of cheap on-street parking.
From there, it was on to the exhibition hall floor and running the Coord booth for the next two days. Our LEGO streetscape was again a huge hit, eliciting fond memories for many of the attendees of childhood afternoons spent building new worlds with plastic blocks! Don’t worry, Coord’s commitment to capturing and visualizing accurate curb data with our Coord Toolkit carries over to our LEGO streets as well. We’ve added a few more scooters, delivery trucks and hot rods since our booth at IPMI to accurately represent the growing demand for cities’ curbs.
Always come find us at conferences, we bring legos!
We were mostly busy with meetings during the conference, but we did find time at the end to take in a few of the sights. We hopped on a free water taxi from our hotel to the Universal CityWalk (it is the land of theme parks after all) and got to see an impressive re-created Colosseum and Chocolate Emporium, a restaurant doubling as a very convincing industrial factory.