2012 News

New York Times breaks down right-to-work role of Dick DeVos

New York Times breaks down right-to-work role of Dick DeVos

Dick DeVos had a scheduling conflict that kept him from attending recent holiday parties at Gov. Snyder’s residence, but timing this month was better for the Grand Rapids businessman’s longstanding effort to make Michigan a right-to-work state, according to The New York Times.

Dan Gilbert: Detroit could use an intern turnaround

Dan Gilbert: Detroit could use an intern turnaround

Gilbert told about 600 businesspeople from around the state that Quicken Loans Inc. had 8,700 applications from 157 colleges and universities for 600 full-time internships this summer.

In 2013, if major employers coordinated recruiting, “you could have 25,000 interns downtown,” he said.

Young adults want to be in cities, he said, and “Detroit sells itself once you get them here.”

East meets West: Detroit, Grand Rapids movers and shakers headline West Michigan Policy Forum

East meets West: Detroit, Grand Rapids movers and shakers headline West Michigan Policy Forum

Three business leaders who have had a hand in the transformation of downtown Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing will talk about how investing in Michigan’s urban areas helps the state economy grow and attract new talent. Dan Gilbert, Dick DeVos, and Dan Loepp will share that message during a joint presentation at the 2012 West Michigan Policy Forum. The forum will take place Sept. 12-13 in downtown Grand Rapids.