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


New Bedford Remembers its Veterans Memorial Day Weekend Events Planned

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Several events are planned in New Bedford throughout the upcoming Memorial Day weekend to honor the courageous men and women who lost their lives serving the United States. This weekend’s events include: Saturday, May 27 9 a.m. at Rural Cemetery The Greater New Bedford Civil War Round […]

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Mayor Proposes Investments in Housing and Neighborhood Playgrounds

New Bedford, MA – Mayor Jon Mitchell has proposed investments in housing and neighborhood playgrounds as part of the Fiscal Year 2023 Office of Housing and Community Development Action Plan submission to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The plan sets forth activities that are funded through […]

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Mayor Mitchell Presents Fiscal Year 2024 Budget

Calls For Healthcare Reform To Help Manage Tax Burden New Bedford, Massachusetts – Mayor Jon Mitchell presented his Fiscal Year 2024 City Budget to the New Bedford City Council on Wednesday, May 17, 2022. In total, the Fiscal Year 2024 budget totals $513,169,319, of which the General Fund is the […]

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Residents Invited to Public Open House

For Citywide Comprehensive Plan to be Held at Normandin Middle School on May 17th New Bedford, MA — The City of New Bedford will host a Public Engagement Open House at Normandin Middle School (81 Felton Street, New Bedford, MA 02745) on Wednesday, May 17th from 6 PM to 8 […]

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Mayor Mitchell Proposes City Capital Projects With Focus on Roads and Facility Repairs

New Bedford, Massachusetts – Mayor Jon Mitchell has requested City Council approval of a $7,850,000 loan authorization which would fund capital projects consistent with the City’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP), a rolling five-year plan that sets priorities for capital repairs and improvements across the City. “The City’s use of a […]

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Mayor Mitchell Issues Statement on Healey-Driscoll Administration’s Offshore Wind Energy Proposal

New Bedford, MA – New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell issued the following statement in response to the Healey-Driscoll Administration’s filing today of a draft RFP for Massachusetts’ fourth offshore wind procurement: “The Healy-Driscoll Administration has demonstrated real leadership with its decision to create a strong, predictable incentive for wind developers […]

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Department of Resilience and Environmental Stewardship Announces Public Comment Period for Capitol Theater Cleanup

Public Meeting Scheduled for Thursday, May 4 New Bedford, MA – the City’s Office of Resilience and Environmental Stewardship is announcing a public hearing and 30-day public comment period is being held for all interested persons relative to the draft Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA) for property known as […]

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Mayor Mitchell and City Employee Union Reach Agreement

New Bedford, Massachusetts – Mayor Jon Mitchell and the union representing municipal employees, AFSCME Local 851, have successfully negotiated a new collective bargaining agreement.  The total estimated cost of the agreement is $4.2 million over the contract’s three-year term.  The contract applies to 364 positions across city government. The union […]

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Mayor’s Proposal to Establish New Historic Districts Approved by City Council

New Districts Celebrate City’s Role in the Abolition Movement and 19th-century Trades New Bedford, Massachusetts – The City of New Bedford is home to two new historic districts, with the City’s Council’s recent approval of a proposal submitted by Mayor Jon Mitchell to establish Abolition Row and Mechanics Lane as […]

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New Bedford Veterans’ Advisory Board to Hold Ceremony Honoring U.S. Soldiers, Sailors Lost in WWII’s Exercise Tiger

New Bedford, Massachusetts – The City of New Bedford Veterans’ Advisory Board will honor the 749 United States sailors and soldiers who lost their lives during the devastating April 28, 1944 attack on the United States military training operation, Exercise Tiger. Exercise Tiger was a D-Day dry run that was […]

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Court Orders Removal of Collapsing Mill Building

Demolition Will Open the Way for Construction of the Riverwalk New Bedford, Massachusetts – On April 14, Superior Court Judge Thomas F. McGuire, Jr. granted the City’s request to demolish a mill building located at 1 Rear Coffin Avenue after City inspectors deemed the building “unused, uninhabited, and/or abandoned, and […]

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City and HUD Officials Tour Community Development Projects to Celebrate National Community Development Week

Public Encouraged to Comment on City’s Draft CDBG Plan NEW BEDFORD – Mayor Jon Mitchell, the City’s Office of Housing & Community Development (OHCD), and officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) New England Region joined with communities across the nation last week in celebrating National […]

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