When Dick DeVos caught wind of a plan to build a sports and convention arena north of the downtown of Grand Rapids, he immediately began a lobbying effort against it. His own experience told him that it would not be a good idea for his hometown, and, thankfully, he was able to put a stop to it before any damage could be done. DeVos knew what many others didn’t. He knew that the city of Detroit had done something similar during the 1970s and that it had devastating consequences. When Detroit decided to construct the Pontiac Silverdome and Palace of Auburn Hills, the people there thought it was a great idea, too. The problem occured when the Detroit Lions and Pistons left the city, and this left an empty arena that would be a financial burden for years to come.
Instead of letting that happen to the city he loved and continues to love, he campaigned against it and put together Grand Action in the process. Grand Action is a group of business leaders who have been the main reason for the construction of famous buildings like the DeVos Performance Hall, Van Andel Arena, the Grand Rapids City Market, the DeVos Place Convention Center, and Michigan State University’s medical school. All of these buildings have helped the city to grow and to provide its residents with relaxation, fun, and culture. DeVos was also responsible for changing the laws in the state of Michigan so that residents could work without being forced to join a union.
Dick DeVos has been there for the state of Michigan and the city of Grand Rapids time and time again. He has also joined his wife, Betsy DeVos, in the fight to see educational choice becoming a reality. Educational choice would allow American families to place their kids in a school that they approve of and choose themselves. He has fought long and hard to aid American families by working to pass legislation that would help to cover the tuition costs of charter and private schools. He has also done his part to improve the educational offerings in Grand Rapids by starting up an aviation charter school that is located on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
Without Dick DeVos, the state of Michigan would be a much less brighter place, and he continues to do everything he can for the people who he cares greatly about.
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