The Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) will partner with M&T Bank for a special town meeting, “Transforming Communities in Pennsylvania,” on Thursday, January 27. The event will air LIVE on the statewide network from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Encore presentations have been scheduled for 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Friday, January 28 as well as Saturday, January 29 at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 30 at 4:00 p.m.


The Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) will partner with M&T Bank for a special town meeting, “Transforming Communities in Pennsylvania,” on Thursday, January 27. The event will air LIVE on the statewide network from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Encore presentations have been scheduled for 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Friday, January 28 as well as Saturday, January 29 at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 30 at 4:00 p.m.

The town meeting will be held at the Altoona Heritage Discovery Center located at 1421 12th Avenue in Altoona. The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

A panel consisting of regional and local representatives will discuss how economic development, “weed and seed” programs as well as educational and healthcare initiatives can improve communities across the state. Panelists will then answer questions written by audience members and then chosen by the moderator.

John Clay, managing editor and news anchor at WTAJ-TV in Altoona, will moderate a panel including Michael A. Fiore, president of Operation Our Town; Steve Foreman, regional executive of M&T Bank; Dr. Zane Gates, director of the Altoona Regional Partnership for a Healthy Community; Martin J. Marasco, president and CEO of the Altoona Blair County Development Corporation; Dr. Craig D. Weidemann, vice president for outreach at Penn State University and Matt Zieger, CEO of Team PA Foundation.

This is the fourth town meeting sponsored by M&T Bank that will be aired statewide on PCN. M&T Bank, founded in 1856, is one of the top 20 independent commercial bank holding companies in the nation, with $68 billion in assets and more than 725 branch offices in Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Ontario, Canada. M&T Bank has over 200 full-service branches and more than 600 ATMs in Pennsylvania. Read more about M&T Bank online at www.mtb.com.

PCN is a nonprofit, noncommercial news organization created and supported by cable television companies. PCN receives no state or federal funding. Network programming is distributed on more than 150 cable systems in Pennsylvania serving more than 10 million Pennsylvanians in 3.3 million homes. A complete listing of PCN affiliates and network channel designations is available by visiting PCN's website at www.pcntv.com.