About the Region

Greater New Bedford is an area of superlatives – the tastiest seafood, the best waterways and the friendliest people. There are many interesting and unique things to explore: historic buildings and artifacts, unique structures, working waterfronts as well as many contemporary activities. Here, the quality of life and the variety of cultural, economic, geographic and educational advantages provide a progressive atmosphere rich in heritage and opportunity. It’s proximity to metropolitan areas, like Boston and Providence, and the communities of Cape Cod and the Islands, make this a very desirable area to live, work and play.

The New Bedford Area is fortunate enough to prosper from a diverse economy. Our business community is constantly expanding within industries including marine sciences, life sciences, manufacturing, retail, technology and agricultural business.

Many corporate leaders call the New Bedford area home.

We are proud to host the Acushnet Company which manufactures the celebrated Titleist, Cobra and Footjoy brand of golf products that are used at the PGA and LPGA tours. Another successful company, Precix®, is the leading maker of custom-designed elastomeric o-rings and seals that are used in the automotive, aerospace and chemical processing industries. Symmetry Medical of New Bedford is a surgical and medical instrument manufacturer located in the New Bedford Business Park.

AFC Cable Systems is the leading manufacturer and supplier of electrical distribution products used in commercial, retail, institutional and industrial construction. Located in Fairhaven, Brahmin Leather Works is a successful designer handbag manufacturer creating beautiful handbags and accessories that are distributed to fine department stores and boutiques across the United States.

The New Bedford Seaport continues to lead the nation as the top fishing port in the U.S.  (as measured by dollar earnings). The seafood industry contributes nearly $1.0 billion in sales and 3,200 jobs to the area.

Small businesses are vital contributors to the economic security of the New Bedford Area. They continue to bring new opportunity and growth to the area.

Located 59 miles south of Boston and 32 miles east of Providence, the New Bedford Area is within driving distance to major metropolitan transportation. The city offers freight services by ocean, air and rail. Major cities throughout the northeast are easily accessible due to the close proximity of Interstate 195 and Route 140.