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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


New Bedford announces publication of first-ever strategic Arts & Culture Plan, “New Bedford Creative: Our Art, Our Culture, Our Future”

$50,000 to 12 fall 2018 grantees also announced   New Bedford, Massachusetts–  New Bedford’s first-ever strategic Arts & Culture Plan is complete. The 200-page plan entitled New Bedford Creative: our Art, our Culture, our Future, has a vision for the city as follows: “In New Bedford, the creative community is […]

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New Bedford residents invited to attend public meetings on U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development federal funding for Fiscal Year 2019

  New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford Department of Planning, Housing & Community Development will hold two 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: – Tuesday, January 8 at […]

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Bristol County Savings Bank awards $20,000 grant as sponsor of New Bedford’s Holiday Happenings & City Celebrates! New Year’s Eve

Bristol County Savings Bank (BCSB), through its charitable foundation, awarded a $20,000 grant today to the City of New Bedford as part of the Bank’s role as overall sponsor of the current Holiday Happenings and City Celebrates! New Year’s Eve! festivities. The community has enjoyed a couple weekends of exciting […]

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Human Relations Commission honors Bob French, Zeiterion, and Hurricane Maria Relief Committee with first Human Rights Awards

The Human Relations Commission held its first annual Human Rights Day Luncheon and Awards program at the New Bedford Harbor Hotel on Monday, honoring several individuals with the Commission’s Human Rights Awards. Three awards were given in 2018: – Robert French, former director of policy and development for NorthStar Learning, […]

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Paul N. Coderre Jr. appointed Acting Fire Chief

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Effective Sunday, December 16, Deputy Fire Chief Paul N. Coderre Jr. will become Acting Fire Chief for the City of New Bedford. Fire Chief Michael Gomes has been absent on medical leave, and is not expected to return to duty. Chief Gomes recently informed the City of […]

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Mayor and City officials seek investments in public safety and neighborhood infrastructure

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell today announced a proposal to devote unused funds carried over from the previous fiscal year to invest in key public safety and neighborhood infrastructure needs, as well as bolster the city’s finances. The Mayor joined City Councillors, Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro, Public Infrastructure Commissioner […]

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New Bedford to celebrate the 2018 holiday season with many festive community events

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The following community events will take place in the city of New Bedford during the month of December in celebration of the holiday season: City of New Bedford Official Christmas Tree Lighting Date and time: Saturday, December 1 at 4:30 p.m. Location: Pleasant Street in Front of […]

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Mayor Mitchell announces 2 hours of free parking in New Bedford Business Districts during holiday season

  Mayor Encourages Gift Shopping in Downtown, North End Business Districts Effective Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018 – Tuesday, January 1, 2019 New Bedford, Massachusetts– In an effort to encourage everyone to do their holiday shopping in New Bedford, Mayor Jon Mitchell has announced that New Bedford will again offer […]

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