With a population of approximately 100,000, the City of New Bedford is the world’s most famous whaling era seaport and the number one fishing port in America. This city is a wonderfully diverse, culturally rich community with a proud present, past and future.
Children can obtain a high quality education in the New Bedford Public Schools System. Individuals pursuing a higher education can do so at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth or Bristol Community College, both conveniently offer a downtown New Bedford campus.
New Bedford is dotted with beautifully maintained parks and public beaches. Our neighborhood restaurants, cafés and bistros feature delicious ethnic cuisines. Visit the New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park, Whaling Museum, unique shops and galleries in our downtown historic district. New Bedford offers an unbeatable quality of life and is a great place to live, work, and raise a family.
Mayor’s Office News
Proactive Targeted Ground Spraying Planned for New Bedford
New Bedford, Massachusetts- The Bristol County Mosquito Control Project will conduct targeted ground spraying early on the morning of Thursday, September 3, 2015. This round of spraying will target areas including Buttonwood Park, Brooklawn Park, Fort Taber, Hazelwood Park, Riverside Park, Clasky Park, Ashley Park and the Poor Farm area. Spraying will take place between […]Click for more.
Celebrate Summer Under the Stars at Custom House Square Cinema! Enjoy Free Outdoor Movies in the Park!
Popcorn, candy and snacks available for purchase! New Bedford, Massachusetts – The City of New Bedford and the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center have partnered to transform the park at Custom House Square into “Custom House Cinema” on Friday evening! Families are invited to join us as we celebrate summer under the stars with two outdoor […]Click for more.
Mayor Mitchell Announces 2015 Community Development Block Grant & Emergency Solutions Grant Recipients at Award Ceremony
More than $2.4 million distributed to community-based organizations to stabilize low and moderate income neighborhoods and more than $225,000 to prevent and address homelessness New Bedford, Massachusetts – At a check presentation ceremony today, Mayor Jon Mitchell announced the 2015 Fiscal Year award recipients of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community […]Click for more.
Proactive Targeted Ground Spraying Planned for New Bedford
New Bedford, Massachusetts- The Bristol County Mosquito Control Project will conduct targeted ground spraying early on the morning of Thursday, August 27, 2015. This round of spraying will target areas including Buttonwood Park, Brooklawn Park, Fort Taber, Hazelwood Park, Riverside Park, Clasky Park, Ashley Park and the Poor Farm area. Spraying will take place between […]Click for more.
Baker-Polito Administration Awards Funding to New Bedford to Combat Effects of Climate Change
New Bedford, Massachusetts – Mayor Jon Mitchell announced today that the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded at $255,000 grant to the City of New Bedford to help protect the city’s infrastructure and people from the risks associated with coastal storms, flooding, erosion and sea level rise. New Bedford was one of just fifteen communities in the […]Click for more.
New Bedford Fire Department Awarded Assistance to Firefighters Grant
Grant Will Fund Hearing Protection System and 10 New Lifesaving AEDS New Bedford, Massachusetts – Mayor Jon Mitchell announced today that the New Bedford Fire Department was awarded a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant in the amount of $89,122. New Bedford will use the funds to outfit its fire apparatus with […]Click for more.
New Bedford Cultural Council to Offer Informational Session on Grant Guidelines
New Bedford, Massachusetts – The New Bedford Cultural Council (NBCC) encourages individuals and groups that are interested in applying for a NBCC grant this year attend its information session on Wednesday, August 19th at 5:30pm at the New Bedford Public Library Main in the 3rd floor Meeting Room. Several Cultural Council members will be available […]Click for more.
Mayor Mitchell Proclaims Today ‘Purple Heart Day’ in Honor of US Military Service Members Wounded or Killed in Action
New Bedford, Massachusetts – Mayor Jon Mitchell has issued an official proclamation proclaiming this day, August 7, 2015, as “Purple Heart Day” in the City of New Bedford. The Purple Heart Medal was first introduced by General George Washington on this day in 1782. The medal is awarded to U.S. military personnel who are wounded […]Click for more.
New Data Shows Streets Getting Safer in New Bedford
Crime Down in Virtually All Categories Violent Crimes down 13%; Property Crimes down 17% Officials attribute results to focus on police-neighborhood relationships New Bedford, Massachusetts – New comparative data (see table) released today shows crime in the City of New Bedford has fallen in virtually every category during the first seven months of 2015 when […]Click for more.
AG HEALEY, NEW BEDFORD MAYOR JON MITCHELL TOUR RENOVATED ABANDONED HOUSE IN NEW BEDFORD AND VISIT UPGRADED HARRINGTON PARK
Strategic Investments Improve Quality of Life in New Bedford Neighborhood NEW BEDFORD, MA– Highlighting work recently completed by the City of New Bedford as part of its ongoing effort to stabilize neighborhoods in the wake of the national foreclosure crisis, today Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell toured a previously […]Click for more.
Mayor Welcomes High-End Clothing Company Operating in Former Fire House
New Bedford, Massachusetts– Inside the brick former firehouse on Purchase Street, a small factory hums with activity. Founder of UpMarket Stitchers, Jeff Rose, and his team of skilled employees are busy crafting high-quality, American made, private label clothing for luxury retailers. UpMarket Stitchers has grown rapidly over the last several months and now employs eight […]Click for more.
MAYOR MITCHELL ANNOUNCES FORM BASED ZONING INITIATIVE TO GUIDE NEW COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN NEW BEDFORD
New Bedford, Massachusetts –Mayor Jon Mitchell announced today the “New Bedford New Design” initiative aimed at developing form-based zoning to guide new community development. This broad effort, coordinated through the Department of Planning, Housing and Community Development centers around a public process called a “charette” July 21st – July 27th that will bring people together […]Click for more.