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


Temporary Street Closures on JFK Blvd./Rt. 18 and MacArthur Drive on Friday morning, January 27th

New Bedford, Massachusetts – Travelers are advised of temporary closures of Route 18/JFK Boulevard and MacArthur Drive in the vicinity of the New Bedford Foss Marine Terminal (NBFMT) during the morning of Friday, January 27, 2023. Demolition activity related to the ongoing construction of the NBFMT will require closures at […]

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City Reaches Agreement with MBTA For Pedestrian Bridge over J.F.K. Boulevard

Mayor Requests Council Approval of MOU Necessary for Construction to Proceed New Bedford, Massachusetts – Mayor Jon Mitchell is requesting the City Council approve a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and the City of New Bedford for a $21 million pedestrian bridge creating access […]

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City Government Receives National Award for Financial Reporting

Award Marks City’s Eighth Consecutive Recognition New Bedford, Massachusetts — The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), the preeminent association of government finance professionals in the United States and Canada, recently announced that the City of New Bedford’s Annual Comprehensive Financial Report FY21 has earned the association’s Certificate of Achievement for […]

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Deadlines for Ward 3 Preliminary Special Election Approaching

Register to Vote by Friday, January 13; Request Mail-In Ballots by January 17 New Bedford, Massachusetts– The Board of Election Commissioners advises the public that the deadlines to register to vote or request a mail-in/absentee ballot for Ward 3 Councilor Preliminary Election are quickly approaching. The deadline to register is […]

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City announces Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Program

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Program will be held on Sunday, January 15th from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church located at 47 South Sixth Street. Sponsored by the City of New Bedford’s Department of […]

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New Bedford Selects Artist for the Commission of Temporary Art at the Cove Walk

New Bedford, Massachusetts – New Bedford’s Department of City Planning, in collaboration with New Bedford Creative, announces the selection of an artist team to receive a commission to create a temporary public art installation to be located at the entrance of the Cove Walk on Cove Road. A selection committee […]

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New Bedford Residents Invited to Attend Public Meetings on U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Federal Funding

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford’s Office of Housing & Community Development will hold two identical public meetings to discuss the best use of federal funding to improve the quality of life for New Bedford residents. The public meetings will be held: January 10th.2023      Tuesday at 6.00pm […]

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New Year’s Eve Programming to Move Indoors Due to Rain Forecast

Fireworks still scheduled for 8:30 p.m. New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford is moving to indoor programming on New Year’s Eve due to the rain forecast. Fireworks are still scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Broken Glass Projections 3D mapping will be postponed to a later date. Updated Events: (See […]

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New Bedford Debuts Unique Art Form with Local Artist for City Celebrates! New Year’s Eve

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford’s Office of Tourism and Marketing, has partnered with Broken Glass Projections to debut projection mapping digital art during City Celebrates! New Year’s Eve. Projection mapping, made famous throughout Europe, is a form of art that transforms objects into works of art by […]

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New Bedford Announces Real Christmas Tree Curbside Pick Up, Holiday Recycling Tips

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The Greater New Bedford Regional Refuse Management District has offered recycling tips for New Bedford residents to ensure holiday waste ends up in the correct container. Cardboard: Empty, flattened boxes can be placed in the recycling bin including boxes from online shopping, gift boxes, and empty pizza […]

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New Bedford Community Preservation Act Applications to be Presented at Virtual Public Meetings

New Bedford, Massachusetts – The City of New Bedford invites all interested community members to review the Fiscal Year 2023 Community Preservation Act (CPA) applications before the Community Preservation Committee and offer feedback at three virtual community meetings held in January. The FY23 application process began in September with the […]

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Homeless Service Provider’s Network Presents Darlene Spencer with Annual Sister Rose Award

New Bedford, Massachusetts – The City’s Homeless Service Provider’s Network (HSPN) has presented Darlene Spencer, Program Officer with the Carney Family Foundation, with its 2022 Sister Rose Award. Named in honor of Sister Rosellen Gallogly who served as the Executive Director of Market Ministries in the City for years and […]

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