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
New Bedford Community Preservation Committee selects projects for recommended funding
Projects in all six wards of the City selected New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford’s Community Preservation Committee (CPC) has selected a total of 17 projects for funding out of the 24 proposals submitted under their second annual selection process. Projects in all six wards of New Bedford […]Click for more.
New Bedford is ready for ArtWeek 2019
New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford is embracing ArtWeek 2019 with a host of events and activities that spotlight the city’s arts and culture community in a unique manner. From Friday, April 26 through Sunday, May 5, and from one end of the city to the other, […]Click for more.
New Bedford Parks, Recreation & Beaches and New Bedford Science Café to offer free hands-on science family event during April School Vacation week
New Bedford, Massachusetts– The Department of Parks, Recreation & Beaches is offering a free hands-on science family event on Thursday, April 18, 2019 as part of the New Bedford Science Café. Join students from the NASA Solar System Explorers at Ford Middle School to explore space, science, and travel to […]Click for more.
Ongoing work at High Hill Reservoir may cause temporarily discolored water for some residents
New Bedford, Massachusetts– The Department of Public Infrastructure is continuing ongoing construction at the High Hill Reservoir during the week of April 8. Flushing the water piping network may cause temporarily discolored water for some residents. The water is safe, and the discoloration will be temporary. If water is discolored, […]Click for more.
Deadline announced for prospective recreational marijuana businesses
New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford has established a deadline of May 6, 2019 for prospective recreational marijuana businesses to submit Host Community Agreement (HCA) applications to the Planning Department for the first round of review. All applications must include a certificate of compliance with local zoning and […]Click for more.
New Bedford receives national budget award for third consecutive year
New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, for the third consecutive year, for its current budget by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). Only 26 Massachusetts municipalities and districts, and 1,576 entities nationwide, received the award in 2017. The award represents […]Click for more.
New Bedford to begin annual street sweeping program
New Bedford, Massachusetts– The Department of Public Infrastructure will conduct a major street sweeping program in the city, including a parking ban on designated sides of the street as listed below. The program will run from April 4 through November 1. The street sweeping will operate on a bi-weekly schedule, […]Click for more.
City officials honor life of longtime public servant and former City Solicitor Arthur J. Caron Jr.
New Bedford, Massachusetts– On Friday, Mayor Jon Mitchell joined past and present City officials gathered at City Hall to honor the life and service of longtime public servant and former City Solicitor Arthur J. Caron Jr., who passed away in January 2018 at the age of 80. Mr. Caron served […]Click for more.
Port of New Bedford generates $11.1 billion in economic value
New Bedford, Massachusetts– On Friday, March 29 at noon, the New Bedford Port Authority held a Legislative Luncheon, hosted by Mass Fabricating at Merrill’s on the Waterfront for elected officials representing New Bedford to discuss dredging and the North Terminal project. The New Bedford Port Authority also announced the latest […]Click for more.
Mayors: Schools failing to meet constitutional requirement to provide adequate education opportunities
Click here for Testimony BOSTON— Testifying today at the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Education’s hearing on funding legislation, the mayors of Brockton, New Bedford and Worcester explained that they are not close to being able to meet the constitutionally required standard of providing all students with adequate education opportunities. Referencing […]Click for more.
New Bedford Health Department prepares for Public Health Accreditation
New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Health Department is preparing for Public Health Accreditation. Over the next several months, the Department’s accreditation readiness team will connect with select community partners to coordinate a series of key interviews, designed to engage and gather input from the community regarding the leading health […]Click for more.