Dick DeVos helps to save Grand Rapids, Michigan, from same fate as Detroit

Grand Rapids, Michigan, is currently one of the most sought-after places to live, work and play of any city in the Midwest. The city has the typically low living costs of other Midwestern areas. But it also has a distinctly cosmopolitan feel, with vibrant nightlife, professional sports teams and many attractions located throughout its expansive borders, including being a standard stop for most of the top concert tours in North America.

 

Grand Rapids’ hip, upscale feel stands in stark contrast to some of its sister cities throughout Michigan. Names like Flint, Detroit and Battle Creek have become almost poisonous, being synonymous with violent crime, urban decay and failing schools. It was this latter category that gave Grand Rapids business leader Dick DeVos his first taste of the extreme menace that urban decay and flight can pose to a city. DeVos had long been involved in educational causes. This took him throughout the state of Michigan where he was involved in designing charter schools and curricula that could help some of the most disadvantaged but talented students achieve their full potential.

 

One of the most challenging projects of DeVos’ career was attempting to find solutions to the deep problems facing the Detroit Public School System. The schools had been largely defunded due to a fleeing tax base. Additionally, the city itself had suffered from brain drain and a general flight of the productive classes. This meant that the population that remained had more problematic students with traits not conducive to academic success. This higher proportion of bad students seriously undermined the effectiveness of the schools for the good students. DeVos eventually solved some of the problems by strictly segregating the best students from the troublemakers. But the entire experience left a deep impression. He knew by the mid-1980s that Detroit was probably lost forever.

 

This was a fate that he did not want to see repeated in his hometown of Grand Rapids, which had already begun to show the early signs of urban decay. DeVos made it his goal to prevent Grand Rapids from beginning the same inexorable spiral into oblivion that had destroyed cities like Detroit, Flint and Battle Creek. He formed an organization of the area’s top business leaders that he called the Grand Action Committee. The organization had one goal: to make strategic investments that would create a critical mass of economic activity, spurring a positive-feedback chain reaction that would ensure growth and long-term prosperity.

 

DeVos wasn’t afraid to literally put his money where his mouth was. He shelled out tens of millions of dollars of his own money, helping to fund the construction of projects like the DeVos Place Convention Center and the Van Andel Arena. He also invested heavily in the creation of the Medical Mile, a one-mile stretch of Michigan Ave that boasts some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the country. These include the Helen DeVos Children’ Hospital, a worldwide mecca for the treatment of certain rare childhood diseases. The Medical Mile has infused billions yearly into the local economy and has attracted world-class specialists from many disciplines.

 

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The Winning Team- Enhanced Athlete

On November 17,2017, the global Newswire reported on the court case which was brought against a Cheyenne, Wyoming based company. Nutrition Distribution LLC brought a lawsuit against Enhanced Athletics. They alleged that the advertising practices of Enhanced Athletics was causing their company to lose sales. They also claimed that the advertising of that company was fraudulent.

 

By bringing this lawsuit, they felt that they deserved to have a settlement from Enhanced Athletics. None of the claims have ever been proven true. Nutrition Distribution LLC went to court to attempt to obtain an injunction against Enhanced Athletics. However the court judge denied the injunction against Enhanced Athletics. He did not feel that the Plaintiff’s evidence established even a casual connection to them losing sales. Thus the Courts decision was a win for the Enhanced Athletic LLC company. They have put this legal suit behind them and will continue to promote their products along with their sister companies.

 

Enhanced Athletics has two sister companies. One is named Enhanced coaching. This company provides elite fitness coaching and serves as a guide to helping a person get the body that they want and show you how to get your body just the way you want it to look.

 

Another sister company is Enhanced Gear. This company sells merchandise for Enhanced Athletics. The biography of Enhanced Athletics starts at its founding. It was founded as a research company and they wanted to make good products. Their goal was to conduct research that they could bring to serious athletes to better their lives.

 

They also are a non profit company. This means that all of their proceeds are placed back into the company to go toward more research. They want to contribute to society and make people’s lives better.

 

This company does not place anything in their products unless they have put a great deal of research into it. There are not many companies of the caliber of Enhanced Athletics who can be non profit and throw the entire amount of their profits back into their company and continue to do more research to make better and better products.