Dick Devos Inspires Vast Changes

Grand Rapids is a totally different place because of Dick DeVos, husband to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. DeVos, a heir to the Amway Corp., didn’t set out to completely change his home town. He just wanted more people to come visit the downtown area.


DeVos wasn’t fond of an idea circulating in 1991 about a sport and convention center being proposed for construction north of the city. He said past experience watching Detroit after the Palace of Auburn Hills and the Pontiac Silverdome were built showed him that could be disastrous for the downtown area, as it would move crowds out of the city to the north.


“That lesson was not lost on us,” DeVos said.


DeVos gathered business leader to form Grand Action, a group pushing for multi-use complexes built in downtown Grand Rapids. The result was a changed skyline consisting of five major construction projects including the Grand Rapids City Market, the Van Andel Area, the DeVos Place Convention Center, and the DeVos Performance Hall. The group enhanced education also with the construction of the medical school at Michigan State University.


DeVos has several passions including air flight, education and charity. His appointment last year by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao wraps up all three interested in one position. DeVos, one of seven new members, now serves in a volunteer position on the Management Advisory Council. The 13-member council offers insight for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) senior management on issues like regulations, long-range planning, policy and spending.


A pilot, DeVos worked for years to improve aviation in Michigan. He took on the mission several years ago to get more direct flights and increased air traffic at the Grand Rapids airport. His persistence changed the future of Gerald R. Ford International Airport.


DeVos stating wooing AirTran Airways to establish nonstop flights running out of the airport. A meeting and a tour yielded positive results with the airline agreeing.


However, the purchase of AirTran by Southwest Airlines almost thwarted the goals. Southwest, which previously denied community efforts to come to West Michigan, had also turned away from DeVos’ efforts to lure them to the area. After the AirTran purchase, fears ran as Southwest officials reportedly discussed canceling nonstop flights to Orlando and Baltimore.


“We told the AirTran story and then we waited. They reduced service in other communities but we were not on that list. That was a big deal,” DeVos said.


DeVos then got the news in the summer of 2013 that Southwest was actually adding flights to Baltimore, Orlando, St. Louis and Denver.


DeVos and his wife started a charter school focusing on aviation out of the airport. The West Michigan Aviation Academy was established in 2010 with 80 students. The public school now has more than 600 students.


The couple has also created various political action committees and charity groups to support and sponsor charter schools.


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Securus Technologies Putting an End to the Menace Created by the Use of Contraband Phones in Prisons

One of the most consistent companies regarding performance and innovation in the correctional sphere has been the Securus Technologies. It is the company that was set up in 1986 when two other telecommunication giants merged, Evercom and T-Netix. The name of the company was changed to TZ Holdings, which was again renamed in 1992 to Securus Technologies. The company has invested millions over the years into developing new investigative and inmate communication services, along with many other types of cutting-edge technologies. One of the new technologies that the Securus Technologies recently rolled out is the wireless containment solutions. It is a technology that would without a doubt put an end to the use of contraband phones inside the prison facilities.


For many years, Securus Technologies has been working on developing the top-notch contraband interdiction technology. The primary and the only aim of the wireless containment solutions are to stop the contraband phones from being used by the inmates. No matter how strict are the security measures in the correctional facilities, it has been seen that the contraband phones always finds its way inside. The wireless containment solution by Securus Technologies would jam the contraband phones and make it impossible for it to connect to any carriers. As of now, the wireless containment system has been able to stop almost 1.7 million illegal and unauthorized communications from inside the prison. Many crimes have taken place inside as well as outside the prison that was directed using the contraband phones.


Securus Technologies, as well as the entire nation, was in the state of shock and dismay when a video went online that was shot by an inmate on his contraband phone. The people were surprised to see how easy it is to get the phone inside the prison and then make a video out of it for three minutes. It opened eyes of people too much vulnerability in the current security system being followed in most of the correctional facilities. The wireless containment solution would ensure that the contraband phones are rendered useless inside the prison. As per the orders by FCC, the process of getting and installing the wireless containment solutions in the correctional facilities would be expedited.


Securus Technologies has some of the best brains working behind the development of the wireless containment solutions. One of the former corrections offers by the name of Robert Johnson is also working in the capacity of a consultant with Securus Technologies. He has helped tremendously in the development of the wireless containment solutions. The wireless containment solutions by Securus Technologies is approved, authorized, and accepted, which makes it the only contraband interdiction technology in the country. The company is happy that its creation would help in making the community, safer and secure.



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