Long before Wifredo (Willy) Gort started his career as a City of Miami Commissioner, he was already well known for his excellent community service and his volunteer work in what today are important not- for- profit agencies offering social services to the elderly, the young and the small business community, like Little Havana Nutrition and Activity Center, Youth Co-Op and the Latin Chamber of Commerce (CAMACOL). Wilfredo (Willy) Gort was elected as City of Miami Commissioner in the City-wide election on November 9, 1993. In 1996 Mr. Gort was selected Vice Mayor, and served as acting mayor three months after the death of Mayor Stephen P. Clark. Having worked on the 1994 – 1995 City Budget in collaboration with the city’s department directors and unions, Mr. Gort was able to reduce, city budget by over $20 million. Mr. Gort worked closely with the City Neighborhood Enhancement System (NET), believing that this the best system to better serve the community; identifying each communities needs and addressing those needs to better each community and therefore strengthen the city community by community.