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
Mitchell Proposes Charter Change to Modernize Mayoral Term
4-Year Term Would Promote Stability in Executive Branch, Increase Focus on Long-term Interests, Reduce Time Diverted to Campaigning and Fundraising Mayor Mitchell Proposes to Exclude Himself from Eligibility for 4-Year Term New Bedford, Massachusetts-With his administration focused on New Bedford’s long-term future, Mayor Jon Mitchell today presented the City Council with a proposal to modernize […]Click for more.
City Sees Dramatic Increase in Recycling, Reduction in Trash to Landfill with Implementation of New System
New Bedford, Massachusetts- In the eight weeks since New Bedford first rolled out its new automated curbside collection system for trash and recyclables, the City has attained an unprecedented recycling rate and significantly reduced the amount of waste sent to its landfill. New Bedford’s new collection program began on June 23, 2014 and was designed […]Click for more.
Mayor Encourages Residents, Business Owners to Take Preparedness Steps as Hurricane Season Peaks
Know the Risk, Be Prepared, Stay Informed New Bedford, Massachusetts- Mayor Jon Mitchell and New Bedford Emergency Management Director Mark Mahoney today urged City residents and business owners to take basic preparedness measures to mitigate the risk of property damage, injuries and loss of life in the event of a tropical storm or hurricane. Mayor […]Click for more.
New Bedford Mayor Speaks Out on Federal Fisheries Law
New Bedford, Massachusetts- Mayor Jon Mitchell today spoke out on the topic of fisheries management at a special listening session in Gloucester, Massachusetts hosted by Congressman John Tierney and Congressman Peter DeFazio, the Ranking Member on the House Committee on Natural Resources. The House Committee on Natural Resources is working on a reauthorization of the […]Click for more.
The Nation’s #1 Fishing Port Addresses Groundfish Crisis with Technology
The Nation’s #1 Fishing Port Addresses Groundfish Crisis with Technology; Issues Recommendations for Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Port of New Bedford Releases Six-Pronged Plan to Revive its Historic Groundfishery and Modernize the Port New Bedford, Massachusetts- The Port of New Bedford, America’s most valuable commercial fishing port, has released a six-pronged plan for the revitalization of the […]Click for more.
Recent Casino Gaming Developments
Yesterday the City of New Bedford advanced its continuing effort on casino gaming with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s decision to extend the Southeastern region deadline for accepting applications for a casino gaming license.Click for more.
The New Bedford Way
As public servants, we pride ourselves on earning and maintaining the public’s trust and we ensure that our actions reflect the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.Click for more.
City Designated State Cultural District
At a board meeting of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) held at the Worcester Art Museum yesterday, New Bedford received approval of its application to establish a state designated cultural district in its downtown. The New Bedford Seaport Cultural District is the only cultural district in Southeastern Massachusetts recognized by the state.Click for more.
FY 2014 Draft Action Plan
New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell has released the Fiscal Year 2014 Draft Action Plan outlining how the City plans to use its share of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding totaling $2,785,250 and $219,846 in Emergency Solutions Grant Program funding.Click for more.