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Press Release (RedEnergyPR.com)

Ent Credit Union, Colorado’s leading credit union, has announced plans to develop a new, 300,000+ square-foot headquarters in northern Colorado Springs on more than 20 acres of land at The Campus at Foothills Farm, a La Plata Communities development near
I-25 and Interquest Parkway.
 
With the new facility slated to open in 2021, the headquarters will support the growth of Ent’s back-office staff from approximately 500 employees to as many as 1,100 over the next 7-10 years. The headquarters will house Ent’s centralized operations, including: call center, consumer and mortgage lending, information technology, finance and accounting, human resources, member experience, administration and executive teams, among others. Today, Ent owns and leases space for its back-office operations at its current headquarters, which spans three buildings at I-25 and Woodmen Road in Colorado Springs.
 
“We are excited that Ent is expanding its headquarters in Colorado Springs. This investment is essential to support their statewide growth, and these high-quality jobs contribute to our region’s economic vitality,” said President and CEO of the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC, Dirk Draper. “The Chamber & EDC recognizes the extensive work that goes into a location decision like this and have been happy to assist in this process. Ent has been a strong corporate citizen for more than 50 years, and we’re pleased this will continue long into the future,” said Draper.
 
Ent’s new headquarters project is a collaborative effort between the credit union, land developer, La Plata Communities, development manager, Shea Properties, general contractor GE Johnson Construction Company, core and shell architect, Davis Partnership Architects, and interior design architect, Acquilano. Development of a new headquarters is part of Ent’s long-term strategy to provide exceptional service to its members and employees as the credit union continues to experience strong membership and asset growth.


In 2018, Ent’s membership grew by 11.4% with the credit union now serving more than 336,000 members throughout Colorado. The credit union added six new service center locations along the Front Range in 2018, including their Promenade location near The Outlets at Castle Rock and their newest location inside the Park Meadows Mall. In October, the state of Colorado’s Division of Financial Services approved the addition of six Colorado counties to the credit union’s field of membership. The newly approved counties include Adams, Boulder, Broomfield, Elbert, Larimer and Weld Counties.
 
“Although we have more than 30 service centers located along the Front Range, Colorado Springs has been the home of Ent’s headquarters for more than 60 years,” said Ent’s CEO, Chad Graves. “Maintaining our credit union’s headquarters in Colorado Springs is an investment in the long-term economic health and vitality of the city that we’re proud to call home.”
 
Plans to break ground on the development are slated for mid-2019.
 

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Visit Colorado Springs’ full-time sales staff works year-round selling Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region as an ideal meeting and event destination. As a result, the first quarter of 2019 is set to host at least 10 notable meetings, conventions and events with upwards of 9,400 total attendees contributing to the local Colorado Springs economy.

 

Significant quarter one events include:

 

January

 

City Moms Blog Network

2019 Sister Site Conference

January 25 – 27, 2019

Expecting 125 attendees

 

ECO Presbyterian

2019 National Gathering

January 26 – February 2, 2019

Expecting 1,100 attendees

 

Psychotherapy Associates

2019 Annual Winter Symposium

January 26 – 31, 2019

Expecting 1,400 attendees

 

February

 

Student & Youth Travel Association

2019 Annual Summit

February 7 – 10, 2019

Expecting 120 attendees

 

Presidents’ Day Hockey

2019 Presidents’ Day Hockey Tournament

February 16 – 18, 2019

Expecting 4,235 attendees

 

Distributive Education Clubs of America

2019 Annual Convention

February 22 – 26, 2019

Expecting 1,330 attendees

 

March

 

Face 2 Face Entertainment Conference
2019 Conference

March 3 – 8, 2019

Expecting 200 attendees

 

American Society of Association Executives

2019 Great Ideas Conference

March 16 – 20, 2019 
Expecting 600 attendees

 

Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International

2019 Annual Leadership Conference

March 17 – 20, 2019

Expecting 115 attendees

 

Revolution Talent Competition

2019 Colorado Springs Revolution Talent Competition

March 15 – 17, 2019

Expecting 150 attendees

 

Sales efforts to book these groups include travel to 42 annual tradeshows ranging from sports to associations, consistent client outreach, new and long-standing relationships, sponsorships, media campaigns, public relations and more. The dedicated sales staff books meetings and events for the religious, corporate, association, nonprofit, military, family reunion, sport, special event, international and wedding markets. Find more details on how Visit Colorado Springs markets the destination as a meeting and event location at www.VisitCOS.com/meet.

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Press Release (RedEnergyPR.com)

Ent Credit Union invites local nonprofit organizations in the Denver, El Paso and Pueblo area to apply for its 2019 Youth Endowment Series (YES) grant program, supporting the efforts of organizations benefitting youth in the community.

Interested nonprofits can visit Ent.com/YESGrants for more information and to submit an application. Applications must be received by Friday, February 15, 2019. Grant recipients will be announced in April.

Established in 2000, the YES program provides grants of up to $5,000 to nonprofit organizations benefitting Colorado youth in the communities Ent serves. Applications are evaluated by a volunteer panel of Ent employees based on the organization’s general benefit to the community, potential ability to use the grant to obtain additional funds and degree of current community support, among other criteria.

The YES grant program is part of Ent’s commitment to being a community-minded organization, serving both the financial and human needs of its communities. Since the program’s inception, Ent has awarded YES grants to more than 100 local community agencies.

About Ent Credit Union

Founded in 1957, Ent Credit Union is a different kind of financial institution, committed to improving members’ financial quality of life and returning value through better rates, lower fees and Ent Extras® cash rewards. Colorado’s leading credit union, Ent has more than $5.4 billion in assets, more than 330,000 members and more than 30 convenient service center locations along the Front Range. In 2018, Forbes’ inaugural “Best-In-State Credit Unions” survey ranked Ent #1 in the state of Colorado. As a not-for-profit, community-chartered credit union, Ent’s membership is open to businesses and individuals who live, work, worship or attend school in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Jefferson, Larimer, Pueblo, Teller and Weld counties. Ent is an Equal Housing and Equal Opportunity Lender, federally insured by the NCUA.

 

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Press Release (City of Colorado Springs)

All owners of short-term rentals (STRs) are now required to obtain a permit annually through the City of Colorado Springs. This law applies to all properties (including rooms and guest houses) rented for less than 30 consecutive days including homeowners who occasionally rent out their home.
 
Owners of short term rentals are required to collect and remit appropriate state and city sales and comply with the regulations outlined in the permit application. Applicants can obtain an annual permit for $119, plus prorated fees to obtain a city sales tax license. For more information about short term rentals, requirements and the sales tax and permitting process visit ColoradoSprings.gov/STR.
 
Short term rentals have been operating in the city for a number of years without any specific standards or regulations.  In response to increased interest in short term rentals and neighbor concerns, Colorado Springs City Council adopted an ordinance in October allowing property owners to offer short-term rentals while establishing regulations to limit unwanted effects on Colorado Springs’ residential neighborhoods. The ordinance seeks to ensure rental properties meet zoning, insurance, sales tax requirements and provides for a responsible party who can immediately address any issues or concerns.
 
The ordinance, which went into effect Jan 1, 2019 is a culmination of a months’-long public process that included several stakeholder and public meetings to provide input on the proposed ordinance before it was presented to the Colorado Springs Planning Commission for a vote in August 2018. City Council reviewed and voted to adopt the ordinance Oct. 23, 2018.

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“Fountain Creek is a Pathway of History”

Saturday, January 19, 2:00-4:00 p.m., FREE

Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, CO 80817

Fountain Creek—Our Unsung Hero

The grand opening of the cultural history exhibit entitled “Fountain Creek is a Pathway of History” will be on Saturday, January 19 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at El Paso County’s Fountain Creek Nature Center.  The event is free!  Discover the human history along Fountain Creek and learn why Fountain Creek is our unsung hero!  Attendees will see, hear, and explore the human stories along Fountain Creek through photographs, text, listening devices, and hands-on interaction.  Visitors may listen to Fountain Creek’s voice tell her story as she tumbles down the mountains and hills on Pikes Peak  as well as to the voices of some of the men and woman who traveled along her banks.  The celebration will include lively historical music by Pepper Grass playing on guitar, banjo, harmonica, washboard and vocals.  Guests may interact with historically dressed interpreters, hear the evolution of this unique exhibit from inception to design and installation, children can explore the exhibit using a special scavenger hunt, and all may enjoy refreshments courtesy of Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers.

Exhibit Highlights

In addition to stimulating text, visitors may use audio devices to hear the voice of Fountain Creek herself, Julia Archibald Holmes’ story of her hike up Pikes Peak in 1858, Captain John R. Bell’s unique “Dung Story” from the Long Expedition in 1820 and more.  Visitors may also view a multitude of historic photographs, children may try on hats from a trunk that represent different people who explored and settled along Fountain Creek, and operate an irrigation headgate.  Families may enjoy the opportunity to explore the exhibit together and share their own family history along Fountain Creek.

Exhibit Development Background

In 1992, El Paso County Parks established Fountain Creek Nature Center and completed a major expansion in 2014 that tripled its size to meet the community’s growing demand for programs and educational needs.  At that time staff contracted for the installation of new exhibits focused on the Fountain Creek Watershed, Birding, and Sustainability.  These exhibits gave new life to public programs and to environmental education field trips for schools.  However, staff recognized that they lacked a way to interpret our cultural history.  To fulfill their mission to connect people to their natural AND cultural resources more completely, they formulated a plan to develop a unique, interactive exhibit focused on the human history of Fountain Creek.  In May of 2015 staff created an advisory committee made up of local historians including Katherine Sturdevant, History Professor at Pikes Peak Community College, Leah Davis-Witherow, Curator of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Pam Owen, Fountain Library, Angela Thaden Hahn, local historian, and Austin Box, Ute Indian Elder.  Together with the artist talent of nature center volunteer Rick Flores, they created a vision and conceptual design.  Students from PPCC and UCCS participated in research while the Friends non-profit raised funds through individual donations.  Three years later El Paso County contracted with Maureen Long Design to design, fabricate and install the Fountain Creek is a Pathway of History exhibit.  The nature center can now fulfill its mission to connect people not only to their natural resources, but also to their cultural resources as well, and inspire stewardship for the park, and the environment.