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    A Platinum rated BioReady community by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council. Our city brings together everything that biotechnology, bioengineering, and medical device manufacturing companies need for development, production and commercial success.

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    Located in the heart of a thriving, world-class marine science and technology industry cluster on Buzzards Bay that offers superb partnership and collaboration opportunities for technology and product development.

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    The arts and cultural center of southeastern Massachusetts, boasting a wide array of attractions and diverse venues that showcase the history, art, and cultural fabric, and is home to hundreds of artists, designers and performers who contribute to our distinctive identity.

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    A downtown experience that offers world-class performances, an engaging history, great nightlife, and new opportunities to stay the night or to call home.

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    Your homeport to the finest sailing on the East Coast.

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    The home for companies such as Titleist, Joseph Abboud Manufacturing, AHEAD, AFC Cable Systems, Morgan Advanced Ceramics, Heat Transfer Products, and our largest employer, South Coast Health.

New Bedford’s status as a vibrant seaport city is one that began nearly 250 years ago. In the mid-1700s, when Joseph Rotch purchased 13 acres of land along our deep harbor, establishing the whale fishery that transformed the small village into a thriving port.

A century later, the boon of the textile industry swelled our population, spurred the development of vast new ethnic neighborhoods, and expanded the city’s growth to the north and south. Within the last century, the emergence of commercial fishing and processing secured our national prominence as a center of global commerce, wholly connected to the sea.

Today, our commercial fishing fleet, recreational, and research vessels have replaced the hulking whaling ships of the past. Soon the nation’s first purpose built terminal for offshore wind deployment will be launching America’s first offshore wind projects from the Nation’s #1 commercial fishing port.

While whaling and textiles no longer fuel an economy that drives the success and growth patterns of the city, our identity as a vibrant and ethnically diverse seaport community holds fast.

Open for Business

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NBWEC

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Destination New Bedford

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Groundwork

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AHA! (Art, History, Architecture)

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WHALE – Waterfront Historic Area League

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