Good Governance

Our success has been anchored by consistent and transparent political leadership coupled with thoughtful community-based planning and data-driven operations.

Steady political leadership with four-year mayoral terms and alternating two-year City Council terms

AA- bond rating from Standard & Poor’s, the city’s highest rating in at least 40 years

New Bedford’s adopted budget document is a recipient of the Government Finance Officers’ Association’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

Transparent spending with Open Checkbook; users may view departments’ payment activity

New Bedford’s Fire Department is one of three in the state that has the ISO 1 rating (the others being Boston & Cambridge)

See-Click-Fix allows users to report issues and submit work requests on city infrastructure, such as potholes and graffiti

NB Compass supports data driven decision making

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