Transportation agency taps ‘Build America’ leader

Transportation agency taps ‘Build America’ leader
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The Department of Transportation has tapped an executive director to lead its Build America Bureau, the agency announced Friday.

Martin Klepper will join the newly created entity, which was established this summer to back transportation and infrastructure projects in the U.S.

Klepper is a senior partner for the Energy and Infrastructure Projects Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, where he has had a hand in developing and financing large infrastructure projects. 


Klepper has experience working with federal and state governments, banks, underwriters, equity investors, multilateral lenders and export credit agencies.

"We are pleased to have someone with Martin’s significant experience and expertise at the helm of the Bureau,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony FoxxAnthony Renard FoxxHillicon Valley: Uber, Lyft agree to take California labor win nationwide | Zoom to implement new security program along with FTC | Virgin Hyperloop completes first test ride with passengers Uber, Lyft eager to take California labor win nationwide Big Dem names show little interest in Senate MORE. “Under his leadership, the Bureau will be a driving force in financing transportation projects across the country.”

The Build America Bureau was designed to serve as a “one-stop shop” for infrastructure projects in the U.S. by streamlining credit and grant opportunities, providing technical assistance and encouraging innovative best practices in project planning, financing and delivery. 

It also helps state and local governments develop and finance public private partnerships.

The bureau’s creation comes at a time when private financing for infrastructure is likely to be a hot topic in the next administration.

President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMcCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he disagreed with her impeachment articles against Biden Biden, Trudeau agree to meet next month Trump planned to oust acting AG to overturn Georgia election results: report MORE has vowed to invest $1 trillion in the country’s infrastructure by offering tax credits to private investors, while his economic advisers have floated the idea of creating a national infrastructure bank to offer low-interest loans to investors.