Council History

The SouthCoast Human Resources Council was born in 2003 as the result of a partnership between two local area human resources associations-The Greater Fall River Human Resources Council and the New Bedford Personnel Directors’ Association.

Each group was established independently some 45 years ago and grew out of a need to share information among some of the larger manufacturing entities that existed at that time. However, with the decline of manufacturing in the area, the membership broadened to include representatives from banking, healthcare, insurance, government, education, retail and employment services.

In 2002, several members affiliated with both councils advocated for a merger between the two associations. Coinciding with the advent of the “South Coast” region, the union made sense. Out of the merger came a revived and more vital organization. Affiliation with the local area Chambers of Commerce has enhanced the ability of the Council to reach out to the small business community.