Dick DeVos has always been a man who works for the people, and he has gotten a lot done during his life. It was him who was responsible for convincing Air Tran Airways and Southwest Airlines to run non-stop flights out of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He did so by making a personal phone call to the airlines during a time when it was slowing down its services at other airports. DeVos not only talked Southwest into remaining at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, but convinced the airlines that it would be worthwhile to increase the number of flights it was offering. This has been a good thing for, both, Grand Rapids and Southwest ever since.
In the early 1990s, Dick DeVos made another very important decision to oppose a move that could have a detrimental effect on the city of Grand Rapids. During that time, there was a plan being drawn up to build a multi-purpose convention center and arena near the downtown area of the city. When DeVos heard about the plan, he knew he had to do something. He had seen this kind of thing happen before in Detroit when the city decided to construct the Pontiac Silverdome and Palace of Auburn Hills. After the construction was finished, the Detroit Pistons and Lions left the city, which ended up costing it a lot of money.
Instead of letting that take place in Grand Rapids, Dick DeVos decided to lobby against it. He gathered together many different local business leaders and formed Grand Action in the process. This organization has been very good for Grand Rapids and has been responsible for many of the most important buildings in the city. Luckily, he was able to put a stop to the building of the convention center and arena and continues to be a large part of the success of the city he loves so much.
Dick DeVos is a GOP mega-donor and businessman who has made a real difference in his home state of Michigan. He has helped to expand charter schools in the state and helped to put together a law that allows Michigan residents to get a job without being a part of a union. Dick DeVos, with the help of his wife; Betsy DeVos, put together the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, which has been responsible for donating more than $137 million to different charitable organizations over the years.
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