September 2013 News

Regional Air Alliance saved West Michigan $100 million

The Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan is ready to fold its wings.

When the announcement was made in February that Southwest Airlines would begin offering services at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in August, it was a moment of accomplishment for RAAWM, a private sector initiative committed to the improvement and promotion of world-class air service to West Michigan.

DeVos identifies culture as area’s ‘secret sauce’

DeVos identifies culture as area’s ‘secret sauce’

Dick DeVos has been busy for the last 30 years.

He accomplished more in that timeframe than most business leaders dream of doing, serving as president of The Windquest Group, president of Amway Corp., president and CEO of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, founder of the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan, founder of West Michigan Aviation Academy, co-chairman of the Grand Action Committee, and, as Republican candidate for Michigan governor, waging the most expensive gubernatorial campaign in the state’s history in 2006.

But he isn’t done. His energy remains focused on the development of Grand Rapids — and with it, the success of West Michigan.