According to an NPR/Marist poll, one out of every five jobs in the U.S. is a contract role, and that within the next ten years, contractors and freelancers could make up half of the American workforce. “While we continue to grow our core of talented full-time professionals, we recognize unique skill sets and valuable experience-based knowledge are not limited to individuals seeking traditional employment. Recognizing the changing nature of employment and the emergence of the Gig Economy, we created BVKN to provide more flexible options for consultants who prefer that model. Combined with our core team of professionals, this network expands client access to specialized talent through Black & Veatch.” Bob Welch, Vice President, COO of Black & Veatch Management Consulting, LLC. The Black & Veatch Knowledge Network provides a simplified process for recruiting, vetting and assigning work to specialized, knowledge-based talent so that project managers can efficiently plan and respond to specific project requirements. Individuals who can provide the necessary professional information and meet the business entity requirements can be added to the network for quick deployment to opportunities as they arise. “The Black & Veatch Knowledge Network empowers individuals to select which assignments they are most passionate about, which equates to added value for our clients,” said Anna Kirk, Black & Veatch Human Resources Business Partner. “BVKN is also a great option for those seeking to include more diverse roles in their career portfolios.” BVKN is currently seeking expertise in advisory and planning, business and technology architecture and utility growth and performance. Focus areas may include power and water distribution modernization, revenue growth and customer engagement, infrastructure and fuel supply portfolios, rate structuring, cyber and physical security, and asset, organizational and financial performance assessment and improvement. To join the Black & Veatch Knowledge Network and for more information, visit bvknowledgenetwork.com. Black & Veatch Media Contact Information: BEATRICE LIVIOCO | +1 571-366-6984 P | +1 240-401-5504 M | firstname.lastname@example.org-HOUR MEDIA HOTLINE | +1 866-496-9149 0 About Black & Veatch Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2017 were US$3.4 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media. Related Insights How are the Largest U.S. Cities Managing Rising Costs for Water and Sewer Services? According to respondents in the 2018-2019 50 Largest Cities Water & Wastewater Rate Survey, utilities are modifying how they charge for services to address revenue stability and affordability concerns. With Grid Modernization, Utilities Poised For Most Visible Transformation The annual Strategic Directions Report series offers analysis and insights into key issues and trends facing the smart cities and utilities, electric, natural gas, and water utility sectors. FLNG Solutions Prove To Be Much More Than Potential It was roughly a decade ago when the initial introduction of floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) solutions sought to help bring uneconomic gas reserves offshore, such as those in remote locations, to the market. Over the past few years, however, we’ve watched as offshore FLNG capabilities have moved closer to the mainland, offering a very flexible and economical solution to operators looking to offload their supply around the world. Four Big Trends in Gas-to-Power Hold Promise for U.S. Market Major energy shifts are afoot, and the United States will play a critical role going forward. The EIA projects that by 2022, the U.S. will become a net energy exporter, according to its newly released Annual Energy Outlook 2018. For natural gas, this shift will happen even earlier, around 2020, the EIA says. Market Strives to Deliver Over Pipeline Challenges As if the persistent low-price environment wasn’t enough, rampant natural gas production in the Appalachian and Permian Basins is ramping up concern that pipeline take-away capacity can’t keep up. This comes as the United States natural gas industry prepares to enter one of its strongest growth periods to date, driven by increasing global demand for low cost natural gas supplies and growing domestic demand for cleaner energy sources.