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 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
Mayor Mitchell Presents Fiscal Year 2023 Budget
New Bedford, Massachusetts – Mayor Jon Mitchell presented his Fiscal Year 2023 City Budget to the New Bedford City Council on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Cautious, Conservative Spending Blueprint Mayor Mitchell noted that the new City budget, the third developed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, reflects continuing impacts […]Click for more.
Mayor Mitchell Announces New Grant Opportunities For Local Artists and Arts Groups
Speaking at Hatch Street Studies earlier today, Mayor Jon Mitchell and other leaders announced that $1.2 million in funding is being made available to support local artists and art-related organizations. Earlier this year the City launched a Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP) to distributed a portion of the federal grant […]Click for more.
Upcoming COVID-19 Testing Sites: May 15-26
Project Beacon’s appointment-based COVID-19 testing at New Bedford Regional Airport—part of the state’s Stop the Spread program—is offering testing on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Appointments for free COVID-19 tests can be made at beacontesting.com. Airport officials ask that people reach the site via the airport’s side entrance on Downey Street. […]Click for more.
Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics: May 14-27
Free, walk-up COVID-19 clinics in New Bedford offer all CDC-approved vaccine doses and boosters, for adults and youth. Bringing your vaccination card when getting your booster shot is helpful, but not required. Clinics provided by Seven Hills Behavioral Health, unless otherwise marked. NOTE: No clinic will be held at the […]Click for more.
Upcoming COVID-19 Testing Sites: May 1-15
Project Beacon’s appointment-based COVID-19 testing at New Bedford Regional Airport—part of the state’s Stop the Spread program—is offering testing on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, through at least May 15. Appointments for free COVID-19 tests can be made at beacontesting.com. Airport officials ask that people reach the site via the airport’s […]Click for more.
Mayor Announces Community Development Funding in Draft Action Plan
Proposed Projects Include Renovations to Boys & Girls Club, West Beach Bathhouse New Bedford, Massachusetts – Mayor Jon Mitchell announced nearly $6 million in proposed funding allocations detailed in the City’s draft FY 2022 Housing & Community Development Action Plan, which is open for public comment. Proposed allocations include $480,000 […]Click for more.
Mayor Mitchell Announces Program Supporting Capital Improvements for Privately Owned Cultural Facilities
Mayor Jon Mitchell announced today a funding opportunity for facilities in the City’s Arts & Culture sector that need capital investments and support to revitalize their buildings, equipment, and outdoor spaces. Arts & Culture is a vital segment of New Bedford’s economy and community that has huge impacts on quality […]Click for more.
City Requesting Responses for Small Business Assistance Program
New Bedford, Massachusetts – Mayor Jon Mitchell and City officials are requesting responses from local nonprofit organizations interested in supporting small businesses, by managing federal funds to provide targeted grants and technical assistance. The Small Business Assistance Program is the City’s fourth announcement of investments funded by the American Rescue […]Click for more.
Mayor Mitchell Announces Expansion of Enhanced Façade Program for Local Businesses
Mayor Jon Mitchell announced today an expansion of a new program supporting the City’s small businesses, opening the door to more applicants and generating even greater commercial revitalization across the City. The City’s Enhanced Façade Improvement Program enables eligible commercial property owners, tenants, and nonprofit organizations to receive a grant […]Click for more.
Mayor Focuses on Growth and Opportunity in Forward-Looking State of the City Address
In a forward-looking State of the City address to a sold-out crowd today, Mayor Jon Mitchell focused on growth and opportunity taking shape as New Bedford emerges from the pandemic. Speaking to more than 500 attendees at New Bedford High School, Mayor Mitchell’s address – delivered in-person for the first […]Click for more.
Advanced Manufacturing Campus Moves Forward
Commercial Real Estate Developers to Submit Proposals by June 16 New Bedford, Massachusetts – The City of New Bedford has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to solicit plans from commercial real estate developers to create an Advanced Manufacturing Campus (AMC) on 100 acres of the municipally owned Whaling City […]Click for more.
City Announces Second Round of Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kit Distribution
City again partnering with community organizations to target vulnerable clients; Public libraries will also serve as distribution locations New Bedford, Massachusetts – City health and emergency management officials are coordinating with community organizations to distribute free, at-home COVID-19 test kits this week. In December 2021, the City successfully distributed nearly […]Click for more.