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Southwest Airlines’ 1-Year Anniversary at Ford Airport Marked with Lower Fares

One year after Southwest Airlines put West Michigan on the carrier’s map, recent statistics show Ford Airport prices have declined.

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Education
West Michigan Benefiting From State Investment in FIRST Robotics Programs

In one year, West Michigan Aviation Academy’s FIRST Robotics program grew from one, 16-member team to three teams totaling 40 members, illustrating the growing popularity of the program in the region and state.

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Education
Where Students Soar Even Without Textbooks

A Grand Rapids-area high school using flying to interest students in science and engineering. An Ann Arbor school with no textbooks and lots of hands-on learning. A high-poverty Detroit school with students dual-enrolled at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

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Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan Enters New Stage

There is a new effort to bring low-cost flights to Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Dick DeVos and other business leaders met Wednesday to announce the next generation of the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan

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New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta – Getting it Right on Father’s Day

Doug and Dick DeVos, brothers from Grand Rapids, Mich., couldn’t have asked for a better Father’s Day gift than getting to sail with their sons, Dalton (22) and Ryan (age 23), respectively, on separate boats and against each other in the Melges 32 class.

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Amway’s DeVos Family Extends Love of Arts to Vero

There were two new faces at April’s Athena Society dinner, the annual Vero Beach Museum of Art affair where $5,000 donors vote on art acquisitions for the museum’s permanent collection.

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Education
Class of 2014: Three West Michigan Schools Graduating Their First Seniors

Three West Michigan schools are graduating their first seniors this year, including the West Michigan Aviation Academy, founded in 2010.

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Growth Seeds Planted By a City’s Real Owners

The CEOs and owners of West Michigan’s Big Three furniture makers and international Fortune 500 companies keep their primary residences in West Michigan, and most have in the past 10 years committed to investments in downtown offices and showrooms.

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Education
West Michigan Aviation Academy Prepares To Graduate Its First Class

The West Michigan Aviation Academy is preparing to graduate its first class, four years after Dick DeVos announced he was starting the charter public school.

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Education
Winging It: Use Aviation in Education?

Grand Rapids Charter School Finds that the Idea Can Fly. Walk down the halls of the West Michigan Aviation Academy in Grand Rapids, and often, something unusual happens.

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Amway Heir Dick DeVos to Be Honored by Alma Mater

Former Amway president Dick DeVos will be honored by his alma mater, Northwood University, for a successful business career. DeVos is part of a very unique class of leaders who has truly ‘done it all’, says Keith A. Pretty, CEO of Northwood University.

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