Public Sector Advisory

Ports, industrial development authorities, state departments of transportation, and economic development agencies pursue missions to create jobs, attract investment, increase tax base, and grow their region’s economy. The public sector has long supported industrial and infrastructure development across all transportation modes – an essential role that will only increase given current rail industry dynamics and present trends of reshoring and reindustrialization in North America.

Accomplishing these missions and delivering public benefits requires a delicate balancing act. On the one hand, agencies must address many of the same commercial and technical challenges facing any private company in the transportation sector. On the other hand, they must satisfy broader public interest – for example to maximize community and environmental benefit – while meeting requirements for transparency, public process, and accountability.

Strategic Rail Finance can help accomplish this. We have extensive public sector advisory and executive experience—including closing over 120 public finance transactions including taxable and tax-exempt bonds, tax increment finance, tax credit finance, grants, conduit loans, and more. Our company is fully committed to delivering “triple-bottom-line” benefits (to business, community, and environment) on every project. As a mission-driven firm, helping clients balance business with broader community and environmental benefits comes naturally to SRF.

We serve ports on every coast —Atlantic to Pacific, Gulf to Great Lakes—along with state DOTs, municipalities, and industrial development agencies across America.


Our work for public agencies has included:

  • Comprehensive benefit-cost analysis
  • Regional land use and statewide rail planning
  • Rail asset valuations, acquisitions, sales, and leases
  • Rail and infrastructure finance program development
  • Public finance of infrastructure and industrial development
  • Design and creation of public-private partnerships
  • Business attraction and site selection services

Many consultants to the public sector sell plans. SRF does deals. We bring that same actionable, bankable focus that creates private sector success to all our public sector work.

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