The development of a sports complex would seem, on the surface, to bring forth tremendous financial benefits to a city. Several years ago, plans were set in motion to establish such a complex in the Grand Rapid, MI area. Former Amway executive Dick DeVos came out strongly against the proposal. At first, many were curious as to why DeVos seemed skeptical of the complex’s benefits. DeVos was quick to point out these types of developments do bring with them problems. Namely, the sports complex might not cause problems for the Grand Rapids’ business district.
The business district remains vital to the overall fiscal health of the city. The presence of a new sports complex and accompanying convention center brings forth risks of economic problems for the business area. Congested traffic alone could make the business district less appealing and, possibly, less functional. If the flow of traffic and people to t he business district are hampered, the local economy and beyond may suffer. Dick DeVos understood the risks, which is why he was not keen on supporting the sports complex project.
DeVos pointed to problems arising from the development of the Pontiac Silverdome, problems that negatively impacted Detroit. Overall, DeVos’ opinions made sense. Both Dick and Betsy DeVos have shown to be quite influential in the business community and in political circles. And their influence is significant.
Both Dick and Betsy DeVos have risen to the vaunted level of “mega-donors” to the Republican Party. Their financial support is more than impressive. The funding provided by the family remains vital to GOP operations across the nation. As most know, Betsy DeVos has moved from the donor class to a cabinet position in the Trump Administration. Dick DeVos continues to support the GOP financially and in other ways.
The DeVos family does more than provide support to the GOP. Both contributed impressively to a number of charitable causes. Over a 16-year period, the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation directed nearly $140 million towards charitable causes. The money directed by the organization did a lot of good in many ways.
A particular area in which DeVos infused helpful support is charter school funding. One very unique charter school supported by DeVos is the West Michigan Aviation Academy. As the name indicates, this is a school that focuses heavily on airline and aviation careers. Such a learning institution likely needs significant funds in order to operate effectively. The DeVos family has provided tremendous support to the institution, which benefits students and faculty alike.
Both Dick and Betsy DeVos continue to be involved in political and social causes. Their prominence derives from many clear successes in scores of endeavors. Look for more success stories in the coming years. Learn more: http://www.celebfamily.com/business/richard-devos-family.html