Category Archives: Center Radio

The Center’s Annual Meeting – Thursday, 11/16

Join us for What’s Next 2018 – The annual meeting of the The Center for Community Growth, Indiana PA, Each year we bring together members to help determine the organization’s direction for the next year.

Our mission continues to be to support individuals and organizations in advocating for social justice. This year was a big one for us – two Center built projects have a life of their own, and are creating real policy change in Indiana County. A third significantly reduces barriers to healthy, local produce for low-income residents of Indiana County. 

Your petition let to the creation of the Indiana County Sustainabe Economy Task Force – a government led body tasked with diversifying our region’s industry, and to identify and pursue opportunities in the expanding renuable energy field.

No kidding, that was your petition, right here in the middle of coal country.

Also, have you been to the Food Co-op of Indiana PA on Philly street – right in the middle of freaking town!?! It’s real, and this organization built the movement to give it power.

Lastly, your donations and long term support helped launch the Indiana County Farmers’ Market program, where customers on food assistance double their buying power at the Farmers’ Market.

What’s Next in 2018 is an opportunity for new leadership to focus the direction of the Center for Community Growth, an organization that has built progressive power in Indiana County.

We are recruiting board members to take us in to 2018. Please join us.

Gerald Smith
Co-Director, Center for Community Growth


Leaders Commit to Sustainability at First Friday Films

Friday, Feb. 3, The Center For Community Growth teamed with the League of Women Voters, the Sierra Club and the Evergreen Conservancy to present a petition and request to Indiana County Commissioner Sherene Hess to commit to convening a county level task force develop an action plan for a sustainable economic. Here’s that petition.

Commissioner Hess said yes! Here’s what else she had to say about opportunity for economic development in our region.

Commissioner Hess is a great friend to the Center, and is a long time social justice supporter. We’ll have a chance to get our task for off the ground at a TBA Sustainability Summit for local elected and municipal officials. We’re planning for around Earthday – stay tuned for details!

You can hear more about the Center’s Sustainability Campaign, and all the work we’ve been doing on Center Radio, hosted by Dr. Cybil Moore. Cybil also interviews one of the producers of After Coal. Center Radio is available for replay here.

Stay tuned for more!

First Friday Films continues soon. March 3 we partner with the NAACP of Indiana County to bring you the documentary, 13th, and will include a panel of local folks talking about institutional racism right here.



The Megaphone Launches Now!

Saturday, January 28, 11:00am, The Center for Community Growth launches The Megaphone, a 6 month radio program and community film and discussion series.

Keep up to date on progressive organizing the last Saturday of each month at 11:00am, on Center Radio, hosted by Indiana, PA native, Dr. Cybill Peoples Moore on

First Friday Films starts February 3rd, with the 2016 documentary,  After Coal. The film is incredible, and we’re proud to welcome one of the producers to our stage.

Also, we’ll ask our country commissioners what they’re doing to ensure a climate resilient economy. 

Here’s who we’re expecting;

Sherene Hess – Indiana County Commissioner

Dr. Peter Broad – Indiana Borough Council President

Angela Wily –  Producer, After Coal

Dr. Susan Comfort –  Sustainability Studies Chair

Cindy Rogers – Evergreen Conservancy

Don’t miss this, or the rest of the series! This is local organizing.

Listen to 2015 Indiana Borough Council Candidate Forum

The Center for Community Growth and the Center Radio continue to bring local, relevant issues to you. As election day nears, be sure to educate yourself on the local candidates.

Thanks to Chauncey Ross and the Indiana Gazette for moderating, and co-hosting today’s Indiana Borough Council Candidate Forum. Listen below:

And don’t forget, election day is right around the corner! Tuesday, November 3!12039656_906664336074680_4429726392863114381_n

The Center Radio to Host Borough Council Candidate Debate

Center Radio and the Indiana Gazette Co-Sponsor local debate

Tune into the Center Radio this Saturday, 10/24, 11am for a Candidates Debate among candidates for Indiana Borough Council. Moderated by Chauncey Ross, from the Indiana Gazette, we’ll tackle the important issues facing residents in town. Listen live 90.1 FM and streamed at

Click Going if you’re going to tune in!

Invited candidates include:

1st Ward:
Peter Broad, John Petrosky, Jason Smathers, Sara Steelman

2nd Ward:
Larry DeChurch, Ben Ford

3rd Ward:
James Smith, Tommy Thompson

4th Ward:
Ross Bricklemyer, Dave Coker, Tony Greenawalt, John Hartman, Lisa Kuzneski, Kaycee Newell