Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy who is currently the Secretary of Education have always been champions for their community. A recent article, “Dick and Betsy DeVos: Changing Institutions and the Face of Their Hometown” discusses some of the influence that they wield throughout the nation. The article, located at crainsdetroit.com, is a great listing of some of their good work and discusses how they have used their position to be a catalyst for change.
In fact, Dick DeVos used his knowledge of a similar situation in Detroit to stall the construction of a convention center in downtown Grand Rapids. He believed that building a sports facility would ultimately be detrimental to Grand Rapids because of the proximity to the central business district. His ruthless campaigning and vigor eventually led to the formation of a group dubbed Grand Action. This became a very important organization in Grand Rapids because it led to the construction of buildings that would be useful in better locations. Projects supported by Grand Action would go on to facilitate the growth of the skyline by adding a medical school, a convention center, an arena, a city market, and even a performance hall.
The couple has always been busy with their own causes. Betsy DeVos has been a major advocate for charter schools and educational choice, while Dick DeVos has been instrumental in the overhaul of labor laws. While Betsy DeVos seems to have made a big name for herself in the education sector, Dick DeVos is also passionate about education. He even went on to help found a charter school dedicated to aviation at Grand Rapids’ airport. He has also made himself an outspoken supporter of his wife’s efforts to enact school choice. As a team with their combined motivation, there is no stopping them from achieving all the dreams they have for the future.
The DeVoses have shown that they are willing to use their substantial financial backing to help advocate for the people in their community. They are the heirs to vast family fortunes, but they choose to work for those that are most affected by these circumstances. They both believe that school choice is important and that it gives parents the right to choose their children’s educational path. This helps to create a better future, not only for the children but for the entire country. They have even successfully advocated for school voucher programs in charter schools on a national scale.
Dick and Betsy DeVos are not afraid to jump into the fray of politics and lawmaking to help enact real change. They know what it takes to lead this country in a positive direction. They haven’t always succeeded in their efforts, but they have also never given up. They rely on their knowledge of history, their substantial education, and the voices of people within their community to fight for the issues that really matter. Their dedication will continue to mark them as significant leaders within the national community as they continue to lobby for change.
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