1. About Chicopee

    Chicopee

    Chicopee is a city located on the Connecticut River in Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States of America. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2007 census, the city had a total population of 54,653, making it the second largest city in Western Massachusetts. The current mayor is Michael D. Bissonnette.


    The city is made up of several neighborhoods, the result of the city's origin as a collection of villages in the northern-most part of Springfield, which it seceded from in 1848. These villages are now represented by the neighborhoods of Aldenville, Willimansett, Chicopee Center (Cabotville), Chicopee Falls, and Fairview.

    The city has since filled in most of its open space resulting in a number of new neighborhoods. These neighborhoods include Chicomansett (often referred to as part of Willimansett, this area is located at the southern intersection of Meadow and Chicopee Streets northward to Meetinghouse Road), Ferry Lane (an offshoot of Chicomansett surrounding Ferry Lane), Sandy Hill (the area overlooking Chicopee Center, connecting Cabotville and Aldenville), and the geographically isolated Burnett Road neighborhood.

    Chicopee uses the nickname “Crossroads of New England” as part of a business-development marketing campaign. The name reflects the city's convenient location amongst a number of metropolitan areas and its transportation network. Chicopee is located 29 miles away from Hartford, 92 miles away from Boston, 90 miles from Albany, and 140 miles from New York City. Four highways run through its boundaries: I-90, I-91, I-291, and I-391. State routes such as Route 33, 116, and 141, are major providers of regional linkage. The city is home to Westover Metropolitan Airport and is also served by Bradley International Airport in nearby Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Westover Air Reserve Base, was built here in 1940. It has one of the largest runways on the east coast at 11,597 x 301 feet (92 m).

    Reflecting the Polish background of many of its residents, a number of Polish-American businesses are based in Chicopee. These include the Chicopee Provision Company,a major producer of Polish sausage kielbasa under the Blue Seal brand and Millie's Pierogi Company, a producer of traditional Polish dumplings pierogi. Chicopee held an annual kielbasa festival at the Fairfield Mall (now the site of Chicopee Crossing on Memorial Drive) until the mid 1990's. The festival featured the World's Largest Kielbasa for a number of years (several times the city's kielbasa lost to a kielbasa in Krakow, Poland).

  2. Quotes about Chicopee

    1. As the third generation owner of The John R. Lyman Company, I am delighted to continue our commitment to Chicopee and to our local workforce. We have been manufacturing in this area for 104 years and hope to continue to many generations to come.
      In Chicopee firm plans upgrade
    2. Chicopee has done a lot of the right things. It is making major improvements in the infrastructure, the tax rate is under control and it has a pro-business government.
      Allan W. Blair in Downsizing at Callaway Golf will not cripple economy of Chicopee, city officials say
    3. Chicopee is uniquely positioned to benefit in a good economy.
      Michael D. Bissonnette in Chicopee cautiously optimistic about increased commercial development in 2011 if economy picks up
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    2. Three Western Mass. Companies Are Finalists for Awards

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 22 2016)

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   Chicopee   Westfield

    3. Gov. Charlie Baker signs $1B economic development bill

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      Gov. Charlie Baker signs $1B economic development bill ...rgeted investment can make," Wagner said. Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos said in addition to the MassWorks grant, Chicopee may be able to use other initiatives in the bill, for example to help redevelop brownfields. "It's ex... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Chicopee   Joseph Wagner

    4. Wilbraham Sees Potential in Former Paper Mill

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Chicopee

    5. Chicopee Cabotville Mill conversion to begin permitting process

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      Chicopee Cabotville Mill conversion to begin permitting process ...le is surrounded by the canal on one side and the Chicopee River on the other. "It is a bit complicated since Chicopee Center has the oldest infrastructure in the city and it is a matter of working with the system and ma... (Read Full Article)

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    6. Balise buys $2.1 million in South End Springfield real estate, but car dealer mum about plans

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      Balise buys $2.1 million in South End Springfield real estate, but car dealer mum about plans ...and automobiles from his backyard garage in Hatfield. He became a Chevrolet dealer in Hatfield, then moved to Chicopee before moving to Main Street in Springfield and then East Columbus Avenue. The company opened one of ... (Read Full Article)

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    7. Eric Nelson Takes the Helm at Westmass

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      Eric Nelson Takes the Helm at Westmass ...ed, the agency owns industrial parks in Agawam, East Longmeadow, and Hadley that are full or mostly full, and Chicopee River, which remains a mostly blank canvas, but one Nelson believes could finally become filled in. O... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Amherst

    8. SilverBrick buys Cabotville Industrial complex in Chicopee

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      SilverBrick buys Cabotville Industrial complex in Chicopee ...ere is a purchase and sale agreement in place, according to Kos' office. The purchase price was not revealed. CHICOPEE — The SilverBrick Group of New York City, which is already rehabilitating a major retail and housing ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee

    9. United Way Teams Up with Peter Pan, Six Flags to Stuff the Bus

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      United Way Teams Up with Peter Pan, Six Flags to Stuff the Bus ...om July 29 through Aug. 16. The supplies will be distributed in new backpacks to children who are homeless in Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield, Westfield, West Springfield, and South Hadley. “Many children in our community... (Read Full Article)

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    10. Elms Unveils Its Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

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      Elms Unveils Its Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership ... that this is something he can sell. His quest for all the above will bring him to the Elms College campus in Chicopee on July 29 for something called the Startup Lean Weekend (subtitled “Creating Customers and Value”), ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Elms College

    11. Commercial Construction Work Steady, but Highly Competitive

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      Commercial Construction Work Steady, but Highly Competitive ... large addition at Astro Chemicals in Springfield, and most recently completed the Curry Nissan dealership in Chicopee and a new $6.5 million senior center in Westfield. Projects underway include the $3.5 million PVTA Pa... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Smith College   Amherst College

    12. Union Station Project Chugs Toward Its Destination

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      Union Station Project Chugs Toward Its Destination ... 413 area code, including the cancer center expansion and an addition to the women’s correctional facility in Chicopee. While he’s only been project manager on Frank B. Murray Way for several months, he knows the full hi... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    13. Chicopee demolishes vacant Westover homes to make way for solar farm

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      Chicopee demolishes vacant Westover homes to make way for solar farm ... have been vacant for nearly two decades, began in 2005 and the property was turned over to the city in 2011. CHICOPEE — Work to demolish the former Navy housing just outside the Westover Air Reserve Base is progressing ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Chicopee

    14. Western Mass. officials meet to discuss new MassINC report on transformative developments in Gateway Cities

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      Western Mass. officials meet to discuss new MassINC report on transformative developments in Gateway Cities ...Springfield; Peter Miller, Westfield's Director of Community Development and Planning; and Michael Vedovelli, Chicopee's Director of Community and Economic Development. "Our urban centers have transformed over the past f... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassDevelopment   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

    15. Elms College Receives Nearly $300,000 Grant

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      Elms College Receives Nearly $300,000 Grant ...cational Foundation is partnering with us to provide additional resources for those we serve at Elms College. CHICOPEE — The College of Our Lady of the Elms has received a grant of $263,817 from the Davis Educational Fou... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee   Elms College

    16. WinnDevelopment plans $60M apartment project at Ludlow Mills

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      WinnDevelopment plans $60M apartment project at Ludlow Mills ...ents will further the redevelopment of Ludlow Mills, a massive, but long-underused, industrial complex on the Chicopee River. Seeing an opportunity to rejuvenate the neglected property, Westmass Area Development Corp. bo... (Read Full Article)

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