Residents hopeful for HGTV opportunity to renovate the town

Brendan Heidner
Sunday, January 19, 2020
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HGTV’s “Home Town” hosts Ben and Erin Napier

HGTV stars Erin and Ben Napier of popular show “Home Town” call out nationwide searching for a town to renovate and it has Glendive residents ecstatic.

On Nov. 13, 2019 HGTV released a notice that they gave the Napier’s new event series, “Home Town Takeover” the production greenlight. Since then, they have called for submissions in the form of photos and video from people to showcase the love for their town and why they think their town needs the renovation.

In the last week, residents of Glendive caught wind of the idea and spread the news like wildfire across social media.

Rallying together, numerous people expressed excitement and hope that they have a chance to present the hometown charm of Glendive before the nation.

Vint owner Briana Berg and Glendive resident Jaime Shanks shared their thoughts on the idea and the effort the people of Glendive are making to get the town in the running.

“I think it’s a great idea,” Shanks said. “I think, ‘why not’ honestly.”

With only three criteria for eligible towns asking if a town has a population of less than 40,000, homes with great architecture longing to be revealed and a main street that needs a facelift, Glendive stands as a prime candidate for consideration.

“I think we have a lot of great qualities in our town to highlight” Berg said. “I feel like we have a really good chance.”

The opportunity that the Napiers are offering for a town with their new series would push an already developing Glendive far beyond anyone’s expectations.

“We already have the momentum, but I think it would just create a huge shift in our economy and make it more attractive to business owners to go into those spaces and utilize them for something that we need in the town,” Berg said.

The Napiers are not solely interested in renovating buildings, but according to HGTV’s release, they will look to “mobilize members of one community to renovate multiple individual homes in the town and upgrade public spaces, such as parks, local diners and/or recreational centers.”

Not only as a resident, but also as Glendive Medical Center’s Foundation and Marketing director who takes prospective on community tours all the time – Shanks echoed Berg’s statement of the momentum coursing through Glendive in recent years.

“First impressions mean everything, and it’s been wonderful to take people through town and tell them, ‘this store just came open, this was open, that just got a fresh look, that’s a new building,’” she said.

With all that Glendive has to offer – a beautiful river, state park, scenery and neat buildings – and the momentum already going as people of Glendive come together to work as a team to get their civic pride out for everyone to see, Glendive may in fact see HGTV’s “Home Town Takeover.”

“What if,” Shanks said. “What if we did get selected? I think it’s worth a try.”

Up until the deadline on Feb. 7, everyone is encouraged to submit their photos and video before the producers for a greater chance at Glendive getting noticed. You can read more about the criteria and find the submission information and form at

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