Joe Pitts has been dubbed the "mayor" of West Gate Estates for his many and varied efforts to revitalize his struggling hometown. He has volunteered on virtually every committee of the community's nascent redevelopment agency to help install infrastructure, change zoning, and launch other developments, including a community gymnasium and a wellness center for indigent residents. He's responsible for bringing a $9 million new school to the area, which had been suffering from overcrowding and neglect. He convinced 35 property owners to sell their adjoining land to the school district to make room for the expansion and donated his services to broker the deals.
Note: Joe Pitts passed away in November 2005.