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 Prepares for Winter Storm

Parking Ban Effective Midnight Tonight; City Offices Closed Tomorrow; Trash Pickup Delayed NEW BEDFORD – The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for New Bedford, in effect from 1 a.m. Tuesday to 1 a.m. Wednesday. Storm conditions are expected to make travel very difficult. City Announces Parking […]

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City Awarded Federal Homelessness Funds

NEW BEDFORD – Mayor Jon Mitchell announced today that the City of New Bedford has been awarded $2,293,066 in homeless assistance funding by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as part of a competitive grant process under HUD’s Continuum of Care Program. HUD’s Continuum of Care grants provide […]

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Early Voting for Presidential Primary Begins Feb. 24

NEW BEDFORD – The New Bedford Election Commission has announced the early voting schedule for the 2024 Presidential Primary election. The early voting schedule is: Downtown Library (613 Pleasant St.): 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from Feb. 24 to March 1. Taber Mill (217 Deane St.): Feb. 28 from […]

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City Seeking Public Input on South End Monument Honoring Veterans of Post 9/11 Conflicts

Public Meeting to be Held Feb. 12 at Fort Taber NEW BEDFORD – The City is hosting a public meeting to gather feedback on the proposed monument in the South End to honor veterans of the Global War on Terror. The monument’s advisory committee and professionals from Martha Schwartz Partners, […]

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Absentee, Mail-In Ballots Available for Presidential Primary

NEW BEDFORD – The New Bedford Election Commission is making available absentee and mail-in ballots for the March 5 Presidential Primary election. Any registered voter can request to receive a mail-in or absentee ballot by visiting the Election Commission office at City Hall, 133 William St., during business hours, Monday-Friday […]

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Mayor Mitchell to Hold Office Hours

NEW BEDFORD – Mayor Jon Mitchell will hold office hours on Wednesday, January 24, from 5:30-7 p.m. at Restaurante Algarve, located at 128 County St. City residents are invited to attend and meet with Mayor Mitchell directly and share their concerns and ideas, as well as a bite to eat. […]

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Mayor Mitchell Proposes Stiffer Penalties for Irresponsible Absentee Landlords

Seeks Acceleration of Fine Schedule for Repeat Offenders; Chance to Reset After 1 Year NEW BEDFORD – Mayor Jon Mitchell has submitted a proposal to the City Council which would accelerate the fine schedule for irresponsible absentee landlords and give them an opportunity to start fresh after 12 months of […]

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City’s Annual Dr. King Program to be Held Sunday

NEW BEDFORD – The City’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Program will be held on Sunday, Jan. 14 from 2-3:30 p.m. at the International Church of the Nazarene located at 278 Pleasant St. Sponsored by the City of New Bedford’s Department of Community Services and its […]

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Harbor Walk, Cove Walk, Fort Taber to Close Tuesday Due to Expected High Winds

New Bedford, Massachusetts – The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a high wind warning beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9th, through 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10th for Southern Bristol County including New Bedford.  The NWS forecast calls for sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph with […]

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Mayor Mitchell Proposes Repeal of Residency Requirement

Cites Tight Labor Market and Inability to Fill Key Positions NEW BEDFORD – Mayor Jon Mitchell has submitted an ordinance to the City Council which would end the City’s residency requirement for management/technical positions in city government. Mayor Mitchell announced the proposed repeal of the residency requirement in his Inaugural […]

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Holy Family Revitalized into New Housing Development

NEW BEDFORD – Mayor Jon Mitchell, elected officials, The Office of Housing and Community Development, BayCoast Bank, and CMK Development Partners gathered on Friday to cut the ribbon on the newly developed ‘121 North’ apartment building, the site of the former Holy Family High School. The building includes fifteen apartments, […]

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City Launches Process to Build Melville Statue

NEW BEDFORD – In late December of 1840, a 21-year-old man signed onto the crew of the whaleship Acushnet, a 359-ton square-rigged ship that departed New Bedford for the Pacific Ocean on Jan. 3, 1841. That man spent 18 months at sea experiencing a whaling journey, and a decade later, […]

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