The DeVos, most commonly known for their major Republican influence in the Michigan area, have provided substantial impact beyond what would be considered the typical Republican influence. They are known, earliest, for their impact on the traditional Grand Rapids Skyline, lobbying against a multi-purpose sports arena in the downtown area.
Their influence on this particular project lead to the development of the Grand Action committee, in which business leaders were given the ability to have a say on the development and construction of the Grand Rapids area. They oversaw the construction of several major sites, sch as the Devos Place Convention Center, the DeVos performance Center, and Michigan State University’s medical school, among others.
However, as the current presidency progresses, both the DeVos, Betsy and Dick, are having significant impacts on the developing culture of the United States. Upon election as President, Donald Trump appointed Betsy DeVos as the US Education Secretary. This appointment was based on the DeVos hard work and impact on accessibility to private education – in fact, thanks to their hard work, many districts now have voucher programs for private schools. In several interviews, they have stated that one of their primary goals is the see to it that private, high quality education is available to all, no matter their income status.
While Betsy DeVos oversees the Board of Education, Dick DeVos has recently been appointed to the Federal Aviation Administration. He was one of 7 recent appointees. This board works with aviation companies to help develop budgets, create policies around aviation, and ultimately plan long term strategies in regards to up and coming regulations. As the former president of Amway, Dick DeVos is expected to be quite successful in this position. Many feel that he has a solid understanding of what the position entails and feel that he will have great impact on the board.
Other contributions to the Grand Rapids and Michigan population include generous donations to hospitals in the area, as well as the aid in development of the children’s hospital, which helps provide local care to families who may otherwise have to travel to receive the same high quality care. These endeavors by the DeVos have had, and are forecast to continue to have exceptionally positive impact for the United States.
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