New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell returned to the area from a conference of mayors in South Carolina over the weekend. The group met in Charleston to give presentations on projects and design challenges in their cities. The local delegation brought issues facing New Bedford State Pier to mayors and urban planners at the conference. Mitchell says better utilizing the  pier is key to the city's continued development...

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Mayor MitchellMitchell adds that he's hoping to bring local businesses and residents together in the coming months, to determine the best ways to stimulate activity and improve the facilities at state pier.