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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 a 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


Nomination papers available for 2019 municipal election

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Board of Election Commissioners has announced that nomination papers to run for local municipal office in the November 2019 municipal election will be available beginning on Monday, May 20, 2019. Nomination papers may be obtained from the Election Commission Office in New Bedford City […]

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Massachusetts Department of Public Health brings Positive Tracks program to New Bedford youth

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Positive Tracks is excited to partner with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Community Health and Prevention to host a Positive Tracks launch at the Invest-In-Kids Saturday Academy. Positive Tracks, a New Hampshire- and Massachusetts-based nonprofit whose mission is to help young people create social […]

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Mayor Jon Mitchell presents Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal

Mayor Jon Mitchell presented his Fiscal Year 2020 City Budget before the New Bedford City Council on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The $356.5 million General Fund spending proposal continues to reflect pressure in nondiscretionary areas, including state mandated school spending, pension costs, employee healthcare, and public safety payroll obligations subject […]

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City of New Bedford maintains favorable bond rating

Rating agency points to ‘very strong management,’ a growing and diversifying economy, and ‘strong budgetary performance’ New Bedford, Massachusetts– Standard & Poor’s Rating Service (S&P) has reaffirmed New Bedford’s AA- bond rating, and the City has maintained the highest bond rating it has achieved in at least the last forty […]

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Local workforce board responds to nursing home facility closings in Greater New Bedford

New Bedford, Massachusetts– In response to the closings of nursing home facilities in Greater New Bedford, the MassHire Greater New Bedford Career Center will hold a Health Care Career Fair for affected employees.   The job fair will be held on Thursday, May 9 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. […]

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New Bedford celebrates Community Development Week

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell and the City of New Bedford’s Department of Planning, Housing and Community Development celebrated National Community Development Week  with multiple events during the week of April 22. This year marks the 45th Anniversary of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding in New Bedford.   […]

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Rainwater collection barrels available at discounted rate for New Bedford residents

New Bedford, Massachusetts– This spring, rainwater collection barrels offered by The Great American Rain Barrel Company will be available for residents of New Bedford.   Harvesting rainwater with a rain barrel can mitigate the irregular patterns of rainfall. To help homeowners and the City manage their water supplies and encourage […]

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Upgraded Buttonwood Senior Center officially reopened

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell and City officials formally reopened the Buttonwood Senior Center at a ceremony on Thursday, April 25, after an extensive renovation project. The renovation began in 2018 and concluded at the beginning of 2019.   The upgrades to the senior center included extensive interior and […]

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Mayor Jon Mitchell to hold April Neighborhood Office Hours at Adriana’s

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Mitchell will hold neighborhood office hours for the month of April on Thursday, April 25 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Adriana’s Mexican Restaurant, 1262 Acushnet Avenue.   Mayor Mitchell announced he would set aside time each month to hold office hours in city neighborhoods so […]

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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 which was ambushed […]

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New Bedford Community Preservation Committee selects projects for recommended funding

Projects in all six wards of the City selected New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford’s Community Preservation Committee (CPC) has selected a total of 17 projects for funding out of the 24 proposals submitted under their second annual selection process. Projects in all six wards of New Bedford […]

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New Bedford is ready for ArtWeek 2019

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford is embracing ArtWeek 2019 with a host of events and activities that spotlight the city’s arts and culture community in a unique manner.   From Friday, April 26 through Sunday, May 5, and from one end of the city to the other, […]

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