- 2010 Grassroots Initiative Award of Excellence, APA California
- 2010 Planning Excellence Award for Grassroots Initiative, APACA Los Angeles Section
The California Community Foundation selected El Monte to participate in a Community Building Initiative, a 10-year effort to focus investments into revializing three neighborhoods. After extensive community engagement effort, PlaceWorks prepared the strategic plan to guide the revitalization effort. The strategic plan addresses the three building blocks of community: the physical environment, human services, and community life. It focuses on specific strategies to improve the neighborhoods, giving equal importance to education, health care, employment services, art and culture, and public safety services.