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.

Email: Mayor.Mitchell@newbedford-ma.gov

Mayor’s Office News


Southern Airways extends service in New Bedford, plans to base New England fleet at airport

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Southern Airways Express has announced that it will expand daily flights on a year-round schedule, and base its New England fleet at the New Bedford Regional Airport. Basing includes aircraft maintenance, fueling, storage, crew basing, and additional jobs based at the airport. This move comes after a […]

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City officials break ground on Hazelwood Park bowling greens

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell, members of the City Council, City officials and the Friends of Hazelwood Park joined community leaders and organizers of the Hazelwood Park bowling green project to officially break ground on the project on Thursday. The new bowling greens will be the latest improvement to […]

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New Bedford church fined for violating city and state COVID-19 protections amid isolated outbreak

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Health Department has issued fines to Iglesia Pentecostal Levantate y Anda totaling $1,800 after an isolated outbreak of COVID-19 caused by the independent storefront church’s failure to comply with the City’s COVID-19 regulations and protections for its residents. The 1710 Acushnet Avenue church has […]

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Mayor Mitchell and Board of Health update strong public health measures at senior living, long-term care facilities and nursing homes

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell and the Board of Health have updated New Bedford’s strong public health measures to protect senior living facilities, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities. Under an updated emergency order in effect August 24, visitation is allowed by appointment only and a daily log must […]

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Community Preservation Act FY 2021 application round begins with virtual workshop

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Community Preservation Committee (CPC) announces the launch of the FY 2021 Community Preservation Act (CPA) application cycle at an Application Technical Workshop, hosted by the Community Preservation Committee (CPC). The public is invited to attend this informational session on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at […]

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Algae bloom detected in Sassaquin Pond; humans and pets should avoid contact with pond water

New Bedford, Massachusetts– An algae bloom has been detected at Sassaquin Pond, and residents and pets are advised to avoid direct contact with the water including wading or swimming until lab results can rule out the presence of dangerous bacteria. Cyanobacteria occurs naturally in fresh water, mostly in late summer […]

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New Bedford Election Commission reminds voters of statewide deadline for applications to vote by mail

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Election Commission reminds voters that the statewide deadline for absentee ballots in the state primary election is Wednesday, August 26. Ballots must be received by the Election Commission office by Election Day, Tuesday, September 1, either by mail or drop-off at the Election Commission […]

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New Bedford offers Passport Parking app for cashless parking payments

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford has partnered with Passport, the operating system that provides contactless payment options to cities, for parking payment through its mobile app. Passport’s digital application launching in the City, Passport Parking, is a cashless alternative to paying at a meter or pay station […]

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New Bedford announces early voting schedule for 2020 state primary election

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Election Commission has announced that Early Voting for the 2020 state primary election will be held at the New Bedford Main Library, 613 Pleasant Street, from Saturday August, 22 through Friday, August 28. Any voter who wishes to cast their ballot in person prior […]

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City Hall to reopen three offices for in-person transactions beginning Monday, August 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Masks and social distancing required City Hall open 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday starting August 10 New Bedford, Massachusetts– New Bedford City Hall will reopen on a limited basis beginning Monday, August 10, 2020, in order to provide in-person services at the Treasurer’s Office, City Clerk’s Office, […]

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New Bedford to honor life and legacy of Congressman John Lewis

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford will honor the life and legacy of the late Congressman John Lewis, the noted civil rights advocate and longtime member of Congress who died on July 17, having dedicated his life to the fight for equality and justice. The Human Relations Commission […]

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Mayor Jon Mitchell to deliver annual State of the City address virtually

New Bedford, Massachusetts– On Thursday, August 6, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., Mayor Jon Mitchell will deliver the annual State of the City address virtually via Facebook Live. The address, hosted by the One Southcoast Chamber, was scheduled for a luncheon event in March at New Bedford High School, but was […]

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