Fall River has a new logo.

Mayor Paul Coogan unveiled the city's logo Tuesday night during a press conference at Government Center.  The chosen logo was the winner of a worldwide contest that was launched toward the end of last year.

The logo, by Nadine Messier, features a mill and three smokestacks in the foreground and the Braga Bridge in the background.

Over 200 logo entries were submitted for the contest, with designers from across the country and around the world vying for the distinction of creating Fall River's new logo.

The contest is part of a greater website redesign that the city has undertaken. Coogan said his hopes were that the website would help share the image of Fall RIver as a "more modern place to live, work or start a business."

A selection committee cut the 200-plus submissions down to a final six. The winner was voted on by the public.

"Part of this is to attract new money to the City of Fall River, and you do that through tourism," Coogan said. "We are going to highlight all of the great things that Fall River has to offer so people come here, spend their money in our restaurants, do some shopping, go down to the waterfront and spend some time here."

Coogan joked about how he was not on the selection committee and had nothing to do with the pick.

"The voters made the pick from the final six. I don't envy anybody that had to go through that."

The finalists in no particular order were:

  • Lance Gunberg from New Bedford.
  • Seth Akin from Fall River
  • Thomas Giunta from Fall River
  • Lila Thibeault from Diman Regional
  • Second Place: Sadie Cruise won $250
  • Winner: Nadine Messier, $500 winner

Holding back tears while accepting her award, Messier told the crowd that her great-grandmother came to Fall River from Europe in 1904 when she was 16 years old.

"This is really exciting," she said.

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