Harbor Development Commission
The Harbor Development Commission (HDC) has jurisdiction over all of the coastal waters in New Bedford, including the entire coastline of the peninsula, the New Bedford Harbor, and north along the Acushnet River to the city’s boundaries. The HDC represents a wide array of harbor interests and manages and operates City-owned property on the waterfront with the goal of maintaining a diverse economic base for the city by retaining and encouraging maritime and water-related businesses.
The HDC’s primary roles are to:
- Provide a high level of customer service in a cost-effective manner through adequate infrastructure and the efficient operation and maintenance of its existing facilities and services; and
- Promote the Port as “business friendly” through the support and retention of existing maritime businesses and activities, and the facilitation of new business opportunities along the waterfront.
Chaired by the Mayor, the Commission consists of seven members as appointed by the Mayor and approved by City Council. The HDC has the authorities of the harbormaster and the responsibility to manage commercial and recreational vessel activities over all the waters within the New Bedford city limits. The crucial day-to-day operations and decision making is the responsibility of the HDC staff headed by an Executive Director.
The HDC represents a wide array of harbor interests and one of its primary roles is to support economic development along the waterfront. The HDC has planning, developing, and financing authority for city properties within the Port.