Farmer’s Bank of Milton has pledged $15,000 toward the “Stellar Madison Fund” at the Community Foundation. Farmer’s Bank of Milton has requested that its funds be focused on improving the Playground for All Children near Rucker Sports Complex on the hilltop.

Farmer’s Bank of Milton President & CEO Neil S. Bryan said, “Farmers Bank of Milton and our employees have always shared in the common interests of the communities in which we live and work. This partnership with the City and the Community Foundation is a natural way for us to help ensure the future success of Madison and Jefferson County.” Farmer’s Bank of Milton has one location on Madison’s hilltop and one in Milton, Kentucky, with a total of five branches in Indiana and Kentucky.

“Farmer’s Bank of Milton has shown its commitment to our community time and again through support of local agencies, nonprofits, and our parks department programs and facilities. I am grateful for their continued support and investment in the future of our community through the Stellar fund,” said Mayor Damon Welch.

State officials announced Madison as a Stellar Community designee in October 2017. The Stellar Madison Fund will help to bring the Stellar Community projects outlined in the city’s strategic investment plan to completion.

The multi-agency partnership program, developed in 2011, recognizes small Indiana communities that have identified community and economic development projects that can provide significant benefits through “transformative” quality of place.

Some of the projects include finishing the seven-mile Madison Connector trail between the hilltop and downtown areas, historic building rehabilitation, improving local parks and repairing and replacing sidewalks. The Stellar Madison Fund will be used to assist in bringing all of the Stellar projects to completion.

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.

Additional 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 2017. More information about Stellar can be found at.