From the Corner Office

Issue No. 023 | November 19th, 2015 | New Bedford, Massachusetts

City of New Bedford

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Mayor Mitchell, City Officials Open the Harborwalk Atop the Famous Hurricane Barrier

 

New recreational pathway atop New Bedford Hurricane Barrier reconnects people to the water, offers spectacular views of the harbor and Buzzards Bay

New Bedford, Massachusetts – Mayor Jon Mitchell, other city officials, community leaders and neighborhood residents came together to celebrate the official opening of the “Harborwalk”—a new recreational pathway atop New Bedford’s famous Hurricane Barrier that reconnects the public to the city’s waterfront.  Shortly after taking office in 2012, Mayor Mitchell called for the reconnection of New Bedford’s waterfront with residential and downtown areas. A key element of the Mayor’s strategy was the construction of a pathway atop the New Bedford Hurricane Barrier.

“When I got into office, I felt that this was an important project for the City to pursue. We had been cut off from the water for fifty years and there was an opportunity for the public to get up on the barrier and experience spectacular water views. I am very proud that New Bedford didn’t just talk about making this happen, we did it,” said Mayor Mitchell… read more here

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City of New Bedford Joins with Area Municipalities to Save Energy Costs

New Community Electricity Aggregation Program to Bring Nearly $15 Million in Savings to Residents and Businesses with 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 Program.  By the combining purchasing power of customers in the participating communities, the program allows residences and small businesses to receive significantly reduced electricity rates through a bulk-purchasing contract.

“Rising utility costs continue to pressure city residents and small businesses,” said New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell. “As a city, we are actively looking for innovative ways to help keep those electricity prices down.  This year, New Bedford has joined forces with other area communities and worked closely with SRPEDD and our consultant Good Energy to lock in a favorable electricity rate for our residents and small businesses that will be held constant for the next two years.” … read more here

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New Recreation Area Opens along the Acushnet River At the Edge of New Bedford’s Urban North End


New Bedford, Massachusetts– The Acushnet Sawmill Park is now officially open for all to explore and enjoy! At the edge of New Bedford’s urban North End sits The Sawmill, a 19-acre former lumber yard on the Acushnet River. The Sawmill has been transformed into a public park that will protect the river’s health and offer local residents a beautiful place to enjoy the outdoors. It was officially opened to the public on during the first week of November.  The project was spearheaded by the Buzzards Bay Coalition and was supported by the City of New Bedford and Town of Acushnet. The City of New Bedford, through the Dept. Of Public Infrastructure, provided land clearing, earth moving and other construction related support to the project. Funding was provided by the New Bedford Harbor Trustees Council and the Hawes Family

“I could not be more pleased with how the many partners, including the City of New Bedford, came together to create this unique resource for our community.   This project honors the role that this location played in the city’s history by showcasing its ecological importance and giving it new value as recreational resource.”… read more here

 

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New Bedford’s Sid Wainer & Son is Expanding With New State-of-the-Art Addition

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The most prominent importer and distributor of specialty produce in the country held a ceremonial ground breaking earlier this month to celebrate a 60,000 SF refrigerated produce storage and distribution facility that is being built on the company’s 21-acre site in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Sid Wainer & Son supplies gourmet food and specialty produce to over 30,000 of the finest restaurants, hotels, gourmet shops, retailers and caterers around the world.

“Helping our local companies expand and create jobs has been my top priority as Mayor, so it is great to see our efforts are succeeding.  The Sid Wainer expansion is a great example.  We have worked hard to not only provide support and assistance when it’s needed, but we’ve made sure to run city government responsibly so that businesses like Sid Wainer will have the confidence in direction of the city they need to be willing to make these kinds of investments,” said Mayor Jon Mitchell… read more here

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Weekend Happenings

What's Happpening in New Bedford
Flashdance the Musical
Friday, November 27th @ 8PM
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

New Bedford Symphony Orchestra November Concert
Saturday, November 21th @ 7PM
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

Deck the Windows! A public art contest!
November 30th – December 30th
Downtown New Bedford and Acushnet Business Districts

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NB Business Buzz: Hatch street studios

Hatch Street Studios is a community of artists and designers working in a former textile mill in the north end.  New owners Jeff and Lori Glassman acquired the building with an interest in retaining the thriving artist community at 88 Hatch Street and expanding the footprint of well-designed spaces for artists, designers and small businesses. Hatch Street Studios will be open as part of New Bedford Open Studios for a preview on Friday, November 20 from 5:00pm-9:00pm, Saturday, November 21 from 10:00am-5:00pm and Sunday, November 22 from 11:00am-5:00pm.

Visit www.newbedfordopenstudios.org

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