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Medina enters HGTV ‘Home Town Takeover’ competition

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 February 2020 at 11:38 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: Medina has a historic downtown business district that is home to many restaurants and businesses.

MEDINA – The Medina community has applied to HGTV to be featured in the “Home Town Takeover” series. Small towns throughout the country, including Albion, have put together videos, making a pitch to be featured on the show.

The Medina Area Partnership and the Village of Medina made a collaborative application to HGTV for the competition.

As part of the application a video, photography, and introduction to Medina were all included. Mayor Mike Sidari supplied a video that was recently created by CGI Communications.

“We’re already getting great traction from the video, it came at the perfect time to meet the requirements of this application,” Sidari said.

(Click here to see Medina’s video.)

The video begins with a welcome message from Sidari. A narrator then touts the village as “a great place to stop for the day or stay for a lifetime.”

“A small tight knit community, Medina is home to a little over 6,000 residents, many of which have invested in a variety of shops, restaurants and hotels

“Medina, New York — Shop, Stay, Explore.”

The applications for “Home Town Takeover” needed to be submitted by Feb. 7. The new Home Town Takeover series will air with six episodes in 2021. The show is led by Ben and Erin Napier, who since 2017 have had a popular show called Home Town, where they restore homes in their hometown of Laurel, Mississippi.

“Whether Medina is selected during this review process or not, the entire exercise further shows that our community is always ready to come together,” said Scott Robinson, president of the Medina Area Partnership. “Two weeks ago, I received an email mentioning the opportunity. I immediately reached out to Mayor Sidari and others to see how we could collaborate. Medina is at its best when we’re working together, and it’s something we’re all constantly doing.”

The Medina Area Partnership is a collective voice of its members and a community of peers unifying on important matters, sharing information and resources, creating an atmosphere for the betterment of the business climate in Medina, Robinson said. The group aims to provide a network for collaboration, education, growth and profitability.

“This collaboration between the Village of Medina and the Medina Area Partnership is just one example of how we work together for the betterment of the community,” Sidari said. “When Scott reached out to me about this contest, my first thought was what a great way to showcase our village. The Village Board is always seeking ways to improve the quality of life for the residents of the village.”

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