Making headway together

Ports and marine terminals are significant drivers of the world’s economy. In the U.S. alone, the marine transportation industry accounts for more than 25% of the total GDP and supports over 30 million jobs. 


Thus it’s vital for port authorities and marine terminal operators to strategically compete for their share of Federal programs and services to maintain the critical infrastructure, both inside and outside their gates, to keep cargo moving and the supply chain functioning. 

Federal Programs & Services 

Our consulting services include:  

  • Reviewing Capital Construction plans for a port or intermodal infrastructure project and suggesting Federal assistance programs and services for which the entire project, or elements of the project may be eligible

  • Evaluating prior Federal grant applications, providing a debrief on how they can be updated to meet requirements of the same program in the current year, or to meet requirements of alternate programs

  • Assisting senior management to identify partners for an application for a future project

  • Developing a brand strategy to create awareness and increase business potential

  • Mapping out a comprehensive intermodal operations strategy

“The maritime industry confronts significant, time-consuming challenges navigating the Federal grant system. Identifying programs best fitting your project and knowing when and how to engage government sponsors, stakeholders and affected communities can spell the difference between success and failure. Good advisors offer a priceless edge by delivering the efficiencies necessary to accomplish your goals.”

Dick Balzano

Deputy Maritime Administrator (2017-2020)


Port Consulting & Supply Chain Strategies 

A thriving marine transportation system is critical to the world’s economic health. The ability to move freight quickly and efficiently requires a modern port and terminal infrastructure and an effective network of accessible waterways. Find out how SPS can help your organization. 


Our port and intermodal services include:

  • Assessing previous unsuccessful grant applications and providing strategic perspectives on how they can meet any new requirements or be eligible for alternate programs and services

  • Reviewing Capital Construction plans for a port or intermodal infrastructure project and advising which Federal assistance programs may be available 

  • Preparing strategies to successfully manage current or future supply chain challenges and logistics issues 

  • Assisting senior management to identify partners for a future project grant application

  • Building a comprehensive port marketing strategy 

  • Establishing relationships as part of a supply chain strategy to keep your goods moving throughout North America


Meeting Facilitation & Public Speaking

Are you seeking an experienced subject matter expert and facilitator to moderate your next leadership meeting or team strategy session? To help explain the intricacies and vagaries of Federal programs and services — and how they work or don’t — Lauren Brand is available to:  

  • Make a presentation directly to senior leadership or Boards of Directors on current and eligible Federal grants

  • Present a speech to a gathering of strategic partners on port, terminal and intermodal connector infrastructure project needs in the United States

  • Facilitate meetings focused on port, intermodal and supply chain issues, including agenda development, pre-meeting prep and post-meeting follow-up

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“I’ve seen Lauren explain Federal assistance programs for transportation infrastructure many, many times. Each time she drills down to local needs and shares her experience.” 

Eric Shen, P.E., PTP, CPE

Director of Capital Projects/Chief Engineer, San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments