The City of Madison, Vectren Energy, and the Community Foundation of Madison & Jefferson
County announced today that Vectren has pledged $20,000 toward the “Stellar Madison Fund” at the
The Stellar Madison Fund will be used to assist in bringing all of the Stellar projects to
completion. Some of the projects included in the Stellar plan include finishing the Madison Connector
trail, improving local parks, rehabilitating historic buildings like the Cotton Mill, and repairing and
replacing sidewalks. The funds pledged and given to the Stellar Madison Fund at the Community
Foundation will be split 65/35, with 65% of pledged funds going to projects immediately, while 35% will
go toward a long-term fund to sustain the projects long into the future.
Brad Ellsworth, President of Vectren Energy Delivery South, stated, “We are proud to support
the Stellar Madison Fund as it will positively impact not only the City of Madison, but the region as a
whole. This is a great opportunity to support a driver of economic development and community
revitalization for this segment of our more than 1 million customers.”
“We are thankful for Vectren’s investment in our community through Stellar. Vectren was a
partner in the alley activation project a few years ago through its foundation, and Vectren is stepping up
again to invest in our community. I am grateful for Brad’s constant communication with me about
Vectren’s plans and the company’s willingness to help facilitate any project that improves our
community. I look forward to working with them on the Stellar projects and many others in the next few
years,” said Mayor Damon Welch.
Other financial pledges will be announced in the coming weeks. Businesses and individuals that
are interested in supporting the Stellar Madison Fund can contact Nicole Schell or Andrew Forrester at
the Mayor’s Office or Bill Barnes at the Community Foundation. Madison was designated as a Stellar
Community in October. More information about Stellar can be found at www.stellarmadison.org.
Pictured L to R: Nicole Schell/City of Madison, Andrew Forrester/City of Madison, Damon Welch/Mayor, Brad Ellsworth/Vectren Energy, Tom Moore/Vectren Energy, Bill Barnes/Community Foundation.