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 Partners with Clinical and Community Partners to Make Free Health Services Available to Local Residents
New Bedford, Massachusetts – Local residents can improve their wellness by accessing a FREE program offered by the Southeastern Health Initiative For Transformation (SHIFT). SHIFT is a community partnership aimed at helping New Bedford residents learn to manage three important health conditions: childhood asthma, falls by older adults, and chronic illness like hypertension in adults. […]Click for more.
Destination New Bedford Celebrates Hometown Tourist Weekend!
Friday, October 23, 2015 through Sunday, October 25, 2015 New Bedford, Massachusetts –The City of New Bedford Office of Tourism & Marketing has partnered with the Connecting for Change Conference to present “Hometown Tourist Weekend” today Friday, October 23 through Sunday, October 25, to encourage residents to explore their city and visitors to discover […]Click for more.
City Prepares to Enforce Problem Properties Ordinance Sends Notices to Nearly Two Dozen Property Owners
New Bedford, Massachusetts – In April of 2015, New Bedford enacted an ordinance proposed by Mayor Jon Mitchell designed to offset the heavy burden that certain residential properties impose on New Bedford police resources and to encourage absentee landlords to manage their properties responsibly. Today, in an effort to give fair notice, the New Bedford […]Click for more.
Mayor Mitchell, City Council and Community to Celebrate the Groundbreaking of “Tom Lopes Park”
Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 3:00 P.M. at the City-owned lot known as One Washington Square (where County and South Sixth Streets meet) New Bedford, Massachusetts – In June of 2015, in support of the family of Tom Lopes, Mayor Jon Mitchell formally proposed that New Bedford name a vacant City-owned parcel at One […]Click for more.
New Bedford Tourism & Marketing Office Competing for Funding for Live Music Series
Through Online Voting, Public Can Help New Bedford Win Funding to Bring More Free Outdoor Concerts to City Pier 3! New Bedford, Massachusetts – The City of New Bedford is now in the running to bring a 10-week live music series to the waterfront during the spring/summer of 2016. New Bedford is competing for […]Click for more.
2015 New Bedford Veterans Day Parade
New Bedford, Massachusetts – Organizers of New Bedford’s Veterans Day Parade today announced that nearly one dozen veterans’ organizations and seven different bands, including the award-winning New Bedford High School Whaler Marching Band and Dartmouth High School marching bands, as well as the Portuguese-American Band and the Senhor da Pedra Band, will march in the […]Click for more.
MA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation Awards Grant to New Bedford for Project to Improve Ross C. Mathieu Nature Trail in Pulaski Park
New Bedford, Massachusetts – Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has awarded New Bedford’s Department of Parks Recreation and Beaches a grant in the amount of $22,893 to rehabilitate and improve the Ross C. Mathieu Trail in Pulaski Park. The City sought this state funding to support its collaboration with Mass in Motion New Bedford […]Click for more.
City of New Bedford Recognized for Achievements in Addressing Childhood Obesity through Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties
New Bedford, Massachusetts – The National League of Cities (NLC) recognized the City of New Bedford for achieving gold medals in all five Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) goal areas, which are based on achievements made to improve access to healthy, affordable food and promote physical activity for children and adults. The City […]Click for more.
Independent Consultant Seeking Input on City’s Fire/EMS Study
FACETS Group Chosen by Selection Committee Last Year Now Ready To Present Draft Findings and Gather Public Input New Bedford, Massachusetts – FACETS, Inc., a nationally-recognized independent public safety consulting firm selected in 2014 by a group of local stakeholders will be seeking public input on its draft assessment of the City of New […]Click for more.
City of New Bedford Joins with Area Municipalities to Save on Energy Costs
New Community Electricity Aggregation Program to Bring Nearly $15 Million in Savings Residents and Businesses with New Bulk Electricity Buying Initiative New Bedford, Massachusetts –The City of New Bedford has partnered with 22 municipalities in the region through the Southeast Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD) to launch a regional Community Electricity Aggregation […]Click for more.
Mass in Motion New Bedford Awarded Healthy Food Fund Grant
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation Grant Will Allow Expanded Access to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables from Local Farms New Bedford, Massachusetts –Mass in Motion New Bedford (MiM NB) was recently chosen as one of 20 organizations in New England to receive a Healthy Food Fund grant from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. This funding, […]Click for more.
Election Commission Reminds Voters of Deadline to Register to Vote in New Bedford Preliminary Election
New Bedford, Massachusetts — The New Bedford Board of Election Commissioners reminds New Bedford residents that Wednesday, September 16, 2015 is the deadline to register to vote in the October 6th Preliminary Election as well as to notify the Board of Elections of any change in voter name or address. The City of New Bedford […]Click for more.