The early days of Grand Rapids were a bit stagnant. The city hadn’t seen too much growth. However, the DeVos family was there to help the town. It was in the 1990s that DeVos went a step further and began working with local leaders through Grand Action. The committee was there to ensure that city planning included new ideas to promote commerce and growth. Since that time, Grand Rapids has grown considerably. Now it’s one of the fastest growing places in America. Part of that has to do with the new buildings and support from the Devos Family Foundation.
Devos now works with the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington in addition to leading his own company and working with student pilots. The Federal Aviation Administration nominated DeVos after seeing his work with the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Through his work with the airlines like AirTran Airways, he was able to bring in more business. Ultimately, this helped the airport become more popular with the business traveler crowd.
DeVos then also talked to the CEO of Southwest when the company bought out AirTran in the 2000s. He convinced the CEO that he should expand services at the airport because of how well the strategy had worked to bring in new travelers. Southwest’s CEO agreed, and the airport grew again. Now it will be completing a $45 million renovation in 2018, which will have a new business traveler center, as well as a new food court.
The FAA has come under fire from the president for falling behind other countries in terms of security and modern technology. It will be up to the FAA to continue to meet these challengers in the next years. Part of that will be Devos working with them on what they can do help airports improve services and get funding to do so. Devos was able to help Gerald R. Ford International Airport expand.
Of course, there are those who also wonder whether Dick Devos is shooting for another goal by joining the FAA. Will he be working towards political aspirations? It’s too soon to tell. For now, his wife, the 11th US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos continues to hold down the fort.
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