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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


NB Resilient Community Day at Magnett Park

Saturday, June 15 – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Magnett Park – 370 Middle Street   New Bedford, Massachusetts– Come learn about New Bedford’s plan for climate action and resilience while enjoying activities, food trucks, music, games and more.   New Bedford launched NB Resilient, a plan to strengthen the […]

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Friends of Hazelwood Park accepting donations for bowling greens

Anonymous donor will match up to $50,000   New Bedford, Massachusetts– The Friends of Hazelwood Park, partnering with the Department of Parks, Recreation & Beaches, are excited to announce that an anonymous donor interested in the renovation of the park’s bowling greens will match up to $50,000 received in donations […]

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City of New Bedford retains outside counsel to oppose Parallel Products proposal in Business Park

Click here for Mayor Jon Mitchell’s May 10, 2019 letter to MEPA  New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford has retained the Boston-based municipal law firm of KP Law, P.C. (formerly known as Kopelman & Paige) to oppose the proposal of Parallel Products to establish a glass/solid waste/biosolids processing […]

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City officials unveil major upgrades to downtown parking garage

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell and City officials announced significant upgrades to the Elm Street Garage, officially reopening the garage after renovations began in 2017.   The new renovation includes improvements to structural performance, security, lighting, and cosmetic changes to the lobby, stairs and elevator areas. New signage including […]

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Targeted ground spraying for mosquitoes planned in New Bedford for Thursday, June 13

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Health Department, working closely with the Bristol County Mosquito Control Project and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, is again this year conducting an annual monitoring program to track the potential threat from EEE and WNV carrying mosquitoes.  Under the program, mosquito traps are […]

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City of New Bedford joins lawsuit to hold pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors responsible for creating opioid epidemic

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford announced that it has filed suit against the nation’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors for their role in creating a widespread diversion of prescription opiates for nonmedical purposes.  The case was filed on June 6, 2019 in federal district court in the […]

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2019 Seaport Art Walk: ‘Whirlwind of Art’ in New Bedford

  New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford’s annual Seaport Art Walk arrives with a theme written on the wind. For 2019, the outdoor collection of sculpture on the waterfront is part of the city-wide “Summer Winds” collaborative program series organized by DATMA (Design Art & Technology Massachusetts).   […]

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New Bedford High School seniors recognized with Mayor’s List Award

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell presented the annual  “Mayor’s List Award” to the top ten academically ranked seniors in the New Bedford High School graduating Class of 2019.   This year marks the seventh annual Mayor’s List Awards in celebration of the outstanding academic achievements of the top ten […]

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Destination New Bedford launches digital guide for Summer 2019

New Bedford, Massachusetts–Destination New Bedford, the City’s Department of Tourism & Marketing, has officially launched an online guide for events in summer 2019. Events are scheduled throughout the summer starting this weekend, June 1, 2019, through September. Summer Happenings, the digital guide provides, a calendar of events in the city […]

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Mayor Jon Mitchell to hold May Neighborhood Office Hours at Brigham Corner Seafood and Pizza

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Mitchell will hold neighborhood office hours for the month of May on Thursday, May 30 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Brigham Corner Seafood and Pizza, 1 Brigham Street.   Mayor Mitchell announced he would set aside time each month to hold office hours in city […]

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Join the fun at NB Resilient Community Day on Saturday, June 15

Free, educational and family-friendly event for residents of all ages at Magnett Park from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. New Bedford, Massachusetts–NB Resilient, the City’s climate action and resilience plan, is hosting a free event for the community on Saturday, June 15. All members of the community are invited to […]

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New Bedford Regional Airport to host emergency drill on Thursday, May 30

New Bedford, Massachusetts– New Bedford Regional Airport will conduct a routine emergency drill on Thursday, May 30, 2019. The drill will occur between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, and will require emergency responders to dispatch to the airport. This is planned exercise that is required […]

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