From the Corner Office

Issue No. 009 |March 26, 2014 | New Bedford, Massachusetts

City of New Bedford

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Mayor Jon Mitchell’s State of the City Address


When I first entered office, some so-called experts claimed that the financial crisis of 2008 made it nearly impossible to improve the quality of life in older mid-sized American cities. And there has been no doubt that recent housing foreclosures, job losses and government contraction that piled on to years of shuttering businesses and declining tax revenues made things harder. Whether local government could reliably carry out basic functions has been a question mark in many cities. Here and elsewhere, it was easy to see the glass as half-empty.

But New Bedford didn’t buy the conventional wisdom. Together we chose a different course … Read more (PDF) 


Mayor Mitchell Joins with Clean Energy Organizations To Encourage New Bedford Homeowners to Go Solar

9-2New Bedford, Massachusetts – On the heels of the successful New Bedford Energy Now Saves Energy campaign, two organizations are aiming to help at least 150 New Bedford homeowners install solar power systems in 2014. Next Step Living, the leading provider of whole-home energy solutions and New Bedford Energy Now have announced they will launch “Solarize New Bedford” to offer New Bedford homeowners the ability to explore their homes’ potential to “go solar” and reduce their carbon footprint … Read more (PDF)


New Bedford High School to Hold 2014 Spring College Fair 

9-3New Bedford, Massachusetts- The New Bedford High School 2014 Spring College Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM in the gymnasium. All area parents and students are encouraged to attend … Read more (PDF)


City, Police Union Announce Agreement on 4-Year Contract

9-4New Bedford, Massachusetts- New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell and New Bedford Police Union President Hank Turgeon announced today that they have reached an agreement for a new 4-year labor contract. Mayor Mitchell and Union President Turgeon announced the agreement at a press conference in City Hall alongside New Bedford Police Chief David Provencher, City Chief Financial Officer Ari Sky, members of the City Council as well as members of the Police Union’s contract negotiating team … Read more (PDF)


Weekend Happenings

What's Happening in New Bedford

Vietnam Veteran’s Recognition Day
Saturday, March 29th, 1pm – 3pm
Kennedy Building, Fort Taber

Taste of the Port – Fundraiser to benefit the “Port Society Complex”
Saturday, March 29th, 6pm
Jacobs Gallery, New Bedford Whaling Museum

Jim Belushi and the Board of Comedy
Sunday, April 6th, 8pm
Zeiterion Theatre


NB Business Buzz: NBC 10 News


WJAR/NBC 10 announced that is has contracted to lease space in downtown New Bedford where it plans to open a news bureau. The NBC 10 officials will lease space on the Pleasant Street side of the former Standard-Times building located on the corner of Union and Pleasant Street in the heart of New Bedford’s downtown business district.

NBC 10 is the top-rated television news station in Southern New England and opening a bureau in New Bedford is an important opportunity to expand the coverage of local news in Greater New Bedford.


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