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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


Bristol County Savings Bank awards $20,000 grant as sponsor of New Bedford’s Holiday Happenings & City Celebrates! New Year’s Eve

Bristol County Savings Bank (BCSB), through its charitable foundation, awarded a $20,000 grant today to the City of New Bedford as part of the Bank’s role as overall sponsor of the current Holiday Happenings and City Celebrates! New Year’s Eve! festivities. The community has enjoyed a couple weekends of exciting […]

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Human Relations Commission honors Bob French, Zeiterion, and Hurricane Maria Relief Committee with first Human Rights Awards

The Human Relations Commission held its first annual Human Rights Day Luncheon and Awards program at the New Bedford Harbor Hotel on Monday, honoring several individuals with the Commission’s Human Rights Awards. Three awards were given in 2018: – Robert French, former director of policy and development for NorthStar Learning, […]

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Paul N. Coderre Jr. appointed Acting Fire Chief

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Effective Sunday, December 16, Deputy Fire Chief Paul N. Coderre Jr. will become Acting Fire Chief for the City of New Bedford. Fire Chief Michael Gomes has been absent on medical leave, and is not expected to return to duty. Chief Gomes recently informed the City of […]

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Mayor and City officials seek investments in public safety and neighborhood infrastructure

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell today announced a proposal to devote unused funds carried over from the previous fiscal year to invest in key public safety and neighborhood infrastructure needs, as well as bolster the city’s finances. The Mayor joined City Councillors, Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro, Public Infrastructure Commissioner […]

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New Bedford to celebrate the 2018 holiday season with many festive community events

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The following community events will take place in the city of New Bedford during the month of December in celebration of the holiday season: City of New Bedford Official Christmas Tree Lighting Date and time: Saturday, December 1 at 4:30 p.m. Location: Pleasant Street in Front of […]

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Mayor Mitchell announces 2 hours of free parking in New Bedford Business Districts during holiday season

  Mayor Encourages Gift Shopping in Downtown, North End Business Districts Effective Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018 – Tuesday, January 1, 2019 New Bedford, Massachusetts– In an effort to encourage everyone to do their holiday shopping in New Bedford, Mayor Jon Mitchell has announced that New Bedford will again offer […]

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New Bedford Port Authority to become official fisheries representative to offshore wind industry

New Bedford, Massachusetts – The New Bedford Port Authority has reached an agreement with all offshore wind developers operating in the Massachusetts/Rhode Island market to serve as the designated Fisheries Representative of the commercial fishing industry to each of the development companies. Under federal guidelines issued by the Bureau of […]

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New Bedford Police Department releases strategic plan

  Proactive assessment of Department’s operations aims to guide progress in the Department New Bedford, Massachusetts – At a press conference at City Hall, Mayor Jon Mitchell and Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro announced the findings of a strategic plan and organizational assessment of the New Bedford Police Department, which was […]

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New Bedford to observe Veterans Day 2018, commemorate centennial of Armistice

World War I ceremony is Saturday, November 10 at National Guard Artillery Square (intersection of Kempton St. and North St.) Veterans Day Parade is Sunday, November 11 New Bedford, Massachusetts – The members of New Bedford’s Veterans Advisory Board extend an invitation to area residents to attend New Bedford’s Veterans […]

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Homeless Service Providers Network presents Raymond Duarte with annual Sister Rose Award

New Bedford, Massachusetts- The City’s Homeless Service Providers Network recently presented Raymond Duarte, Program Manager at the Sister Rose Network (shelter) under Catholic Social Services, with its 2018 Sister Rose Award. Named in honor of the late Sister Rosellen Gallogly, who served as the Executive Director of Market Ministries in […]

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Mayor Jon Mitchell to hold November Neighborhood Office Hours at Jade Garden

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Mitchell will hold neighborhood office hours for the Month of November on Wednesday, November 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p .m. at Jade Garden Restaurant, 1309 Phillips Road. Mayor Mitchell announced he would set aside time each month to hold office hours in city neighborhoods […]

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U.K. & U.S. offshore wind energy players come together in New Bedford

New Bedford, Massachusetts—More than one-hundred thought leaders, public officials, and industry decision-makers on both sides of the Atlantic gathered today at the New Bedford Whaling Museum to discuss the future of U.S. offshore wind energy and opportunities for collaboration and exchange.   Panelists from the U.K. and U.S. offered diverse […]

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