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    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).

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    1. I am pleased to announce the hiring of a GIS Director for the City of Chicopee.
      In Chicopee hires first GIS director to create computer maps of the city
    2. This report underscores the fact that Westover is an important economic driver for both Chicopee and the region.
      In Westover economic impact decline does not panic Chicopee officials, but they will watch for future drops
    3. Together with Westover in Chicopee, Barnes in Westfield, a High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke and the splendor of the Berkshires, Western Massachusetts is positioned to be a great place to live, work and play in the 21st century with Springfield as its regional capital.
      Kevin Kennedy in Viewpoint: CNR Changchun's plan to build facility in Springfield complements bright future for region
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    2. Chicopee hires first GIS director to create computer maps of the city

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      Chicopee hires first GIS director to create computer maps of the city ...loaded into the GIS system, Kos said. "I am pleased to announce the hiring of a GIS Director for the City of Chicopee," Kos said. "We first started implementing GIS in my first administration. This is a long overdue pos... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Chicopee

    3. UMass to open aeronautical research center at Westover base in Chicopee with

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      UMass to open aeronautical research center at Westover base in Chicopee with ...r, UMass-Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy, who also serves as a member of the Military Task Force, and Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos. "This is a perfect match for our role as one of the country's top research univer... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    4. Mohawk Fine Papers gets 5-year $177,338 tax break for South Hadley plant

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      Mohawk Fine Papers gets 5-year $177,338 tax break for South Hadley plant ...own Meeting unanimously approved the STA last month. Mohawk had also been considering a regional location in Chicopee but chose South Hadley instead. According to the ECAC approval, the company will invest $1.5 million... (Read Full Article)

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    5. Chicopee to demolish long-vacant military housing, build solar farm for Westover

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      Chicopee to demolish long-vacant military housing, build solar farm for Westover ...is to partner with Westover Air Reserve Base officials to reduce the energy costs for the military, Kos said. CHICOPEE - A state grant will help the city demolish 128 vacant military homes that have been a problem for mo... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Chicopee

    6. Mohawk Fine Papers company chooses South Hadley to locate envelope manufacturing plant

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      Mohawk Fine Papers company chooses South Hadley to locate envelope manufacturing plant ...tor told the selectboard at Tuesday's meeting. The New York-based company was also considering a location in Chicopee. Mohawk senior vice president Robert Scannell, who attended last month's South Hadley Town Meeting -... (Read Full Article)

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    7. Springfield City Council accepts second highest bid for foreclosed apartment building on Central Street, praising developer's track record and plans

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      Springfield City Council accepts second highest bid for foreclosed apartment building on Central Street, praising developer's track record and plans ...th its projects, according to its proposal. The development team has various housing projects in Springfield, Chicopee and Holyoke, according to its proposal. Tina Quagliato, the city's director of disaster recovery, sa... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Chicopee

    8. MGM Springfield prepares to distribute nearly $2M in initial payments to

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      MGM Springfield prepares to distribute nearly $2M in initial payments to ...ding community mitigation agreements with Holyoke and five other communities. The agreements with Agawam and Chicopee call for each municipality to receive $125,000 up front with annual payments of $150,000. Ludlow, Eas... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   West Springfield   Springfield

    9. The Fort / Student Prince reopens to big Springfield crowds with renovations, updates | masslive

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      The Fort / Student Prince reopens to big Springfield crowds with renovations, updates | masslive ...f changing shopping habits. In stepped businessman Peter Picknelly and his partners Andy Yee of Hu Ke Lau in Chicopee and other restaurants and father-and-son business consultants Michael K. Vann and Kevin B. Vann. The ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Amherst   Chicopee

    10. Springfield unemployment falls to 8.4 percent; as a region, Greater Springfield unemployment falls to 6 percent | masslive

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      Springfield unemployment falls to 8.4 percent; as a region, Greater Springfield unemployment falls to 6 percent | masslive ...tant human resources manager at the VA of Central Massachusetts (L), talks with veteran Joshua Veguilla of Chicopee.... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Chicopee

    11. International Metal Products of Chicopee to expand with $350,000 MassDevelopment loan | masslive

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      International Metal Products of Chicopee to expand with $350,000 MassDevelopment loan | masslive ... to MassDevelopment. The company is located at 1165 Montgomery St. CHICOPEE - International Metal Products in Chicopee, also known as IMP, plans to expand production and its workforce with a $350,000 loan secured through... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Chicopee

    12. South Hadley Town Meeting approves tax break for Mohawk Fine Papers to locate envelope plant in town

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      South Hadley Town Meeting approves tax break for Mohawk Fine Papers to locate envelope plant in town ... is expected to produce 500 million envelopes annually in the region. "We are looking to make a decision (on Chicopee or South Hadley) prior the December 17" date when the state is slated to act on approving the tax bre... (Read Full Article)

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    13. Lawmakers pledge progress, cooperation across the aisle, at Chamber legislative symposium | masslive

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      Lawmakers pledge progress, cooperation across the aisle, at Chamber legislative symposium | masslive ...pment bill passed this summer has money for manufacturers and to close skills gaps. He cited Menck Windows in Chicopee and the $165 million high performance computing center in Holyoke as other success stories. In a pre... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Springfield   Amherst

    14. Westover economic impact decline does not panic Chicopee officials, but they will watch for future drops

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      Westover economic impact decline does not panic Chicopee officials, but they will watch for future drops ...stover is an important economic driver for both Chicopee and the region," said State Rep. Joseph F. Wagner, D-Chicopee, chairman of the legislature's economic development committee. "For that reason, the legislature pas... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee   Allan W. Blair   Chicopee Chamber of Commerce

    15. Holyoke Medical Center gets $3.9 million from state for behavioral health ER space, services | masslive

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      Holyoke Medical Center gets $3.9 million from state for behavioral health ER space, services | masslive ... the Quaboag region. The award came with the backing of Rep, Aaron Vega, D-Holyoke, Rep. Joseph F. Wagner, D-Chicopee, Rep, John W. Scibak, D-South Hadley, and Sen. Donald F. Humason Jr. R-Westfield. ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Palmer   Holyoke Medical Center   Chicopee

    16. 37 jobs, $2 million investment possibility has South Hadley Selectboard supporting tax break for envelope company; Town Meeting to vote also

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      37 jobs, $2 million investment possibility has South Hadley Selectboard supporting tax break for envelope company; Town Meeting to vote also ...full-time employees. Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc. is eyeing two locations: one in South Hadley Falls, and one in Chicopee, and is expected to make their decision next month. Both communities are offering the tax break, Sou... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   Chicopee

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