Ent Credit Union's Interquest Service Center was one of three new locations opened in El Paso County last year.

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‘Convenience retailer’ begins deliveries

Philadelphia-based “digital convenience retailer” goPuff has expanded into Colorado Springs (the company’s fifth market in Colorado) and is now offering its deliveries from noon-4:30 a.m., seven days a week.

goPuff stocks more than 2,000 products in centrally located warehouses in Colorado Springs (and each city in which it operates) to bring products directly to the customer.

Co-founded in 2013 by Rafael Ilishayev and Yakir Gola, two Drexel University undergraduates, goPuff began by delivering 50 basic products before pivoting the company to a full convenience store and alcohol delivery service in 2014. Today, the brand operates in more than 65 major U.S. markets. All orders are accessible through the goPuff mobile app (iOS and Android) or goPuff.com. Users simply enter their address and scroll through a range of products across numerous categories, including snacks, beverages, groceries, household goods, personal care products, school supplies, pet supplies and more. Any order can be delivered for a flat $1.95 delivery fee. goPuff currently services the following ZIP codes within the Colorado Springs area: 80909, 80903, 80910, 80907, 80904, 80918, 80917, 80915 and 80916.

Ent Credit Union celebrates 2018 growth

Ent Credit Union reported “an unprecedented year of membership growth and financial performance in 2018.” Ent’s membership grew by more than 11 percent, according to a news release issued by the credit union, which now serves more than 340,000 members throughout the state. Ent members received more than $43.8 million in dividends in 2018, including more than $11 million in Ent Extras cash rewards.

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Ent also increased total assets by more than 10 percent and total loans by more than 14 percent last year. S&P Global recently ranked Ent Credit Union No. 11 in its recent national list of “Best-performing credit unions of 2018,” the first appearance on the list of a Colorado-based credit union.

Ent’s CEO Chad Graves said in the release that the year’s strong growth was due to providing members with exceptional service, convenience, financial education and advice.

Kudos

Springs ranked No. 3 ‘Best Place to Live’

Colorado Springs is the No. 3 “Best Place to Live” in America, according to the 2019 rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings are based on data from the nation’s top 125 metro areas “around cost of living, job market, crime rates, quality of education and more,” according to U.S. News.

“We’re very proud to be in the top three places to live in America for the second straight year,” said Mayor John Suthers in a news release. “As Olympic City USA, it’s always good to make the podium, and it’s great to see Colorado dominate the top three. Colorado Springs has ranked in the top five for three of the last four years, and that’s something to be proud of. There is a lot happening in Colorado Springs, with major catalytic projects underway which will only continue to shine the light on this city. As more people learn about our great city, and as we grow and have even more to offer residents and visitors, I’m certain we’ll remain a top contender for the Best Place to Live.”

Colorado Springs was the only city in the top five to score a “10” in the “Desirability” category. The Desirability Index measures whether people want to live in a given metro area. To determine this, the magazine polled approximately 2,500 people across the country to find out in which of the ranked metro areas they would most like to live. San Francisco and Portland, Ore., were the only other top 10 cities to receive a “10” in desirability in 2019.

According to U.S. News, “high marks for college preparedness among high school students and a consistently strong job market help Colorado Springs rank near the top of the list.”

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