Dick DeVos is a successful businessman who came from the powerful and influential DeVos clan. He is the husband of the current United States Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. Being a part of a prominent and powerful clan, Dick DeVos began assisting a huge percentage of the locals in Grand Rapids, Michigan, providing them with jobs and educational assistance for their children. He also initiated projects that would benefit the local population. In 1991, he stopped the construction of a multi-purpose sports arena located near the downtown, saying that the city does not need any mega projects as of the moment, as the local popular could anytime leave the city if there are no more opportunities presented to them. He influenced other business people in the city to lobby his cause, and the plan to build the arena halted. To compensate for the arena, Dick DeVos later built several structures within the city of Grand Rapids, including the DeVos Performance Hall, the DeVos Place Convention Center, the Grand Rapids City Market, the Van Andel Arena, and the medical school of the Michigan States University. These buildings gradually changed the skyline of Grand Rapids, and it helped the city’s suburban population to grow further.
Dick DeVos and his wife have been using their power to influence local politics, and they have been known to change local policies that would allow them to modify the laws concerning education and labor all over the city. Betsy DeVos is known for her participation in the expansion of charter schools, and she also promoted alternative learning institutions. She also gave away vouchers that would help low-income families with their children’s schooling. Dick DeVos, on the other hand, created a law that no longer requires union memberships for employees. The DeVos family is also donating a lot of money to the Republican Party, and they have been supporting the conservative causes by donating money to Christian institutions that promote a righteous way of living.
Dick DeVos and his wife have also initiated the creation of several charities and institutions that would assist a huge number of groups and organizations in the United States supporting their conservative perception. Dick DeVos stated that it is important for his family to help the institutions that are working towards the creation of new treatments, which will help a lot of people in the years to come. They also wanted to sponsor children in attending their schools because the two believes that education is the key to success.
Despite the power and influence that the DeVos family is exerting in the state of Michigan, some of their efforts do not work out. However, it does not stop the influential family to woo the public by using their wealth and power.
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