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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    4. Mass. Department of Transportation to seek bids for North End Main Street reconstruction project

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      Mass. Department of Transportation to seek bids for North End Main Street reconstruction project ...h End. The estimated $6 million, state-funded project will extend along Main Street from Osgood Street to the Chicopee city line. In connection with the project, the City Council has scheduled a special meeting on Thursd... (Read Full Article)

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    5. Holyoke Medical Center gets OK to demolish Isabella Street home for parking lot

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    6. Holyoke Water Works to update Councilors about $3.2 million facility, other issues

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    7. 4 charter schools proposed for Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke, Palmer area towns

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    8. With plans to employ around 100, Mohawk paper company opens new facility in South Hadley

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      With plans to employ around 100, Mohawk paper company opens new facility in South Hadley ... manufacturing center. The firm invested around $2 million in the plant. "We felt very badly we didn't choose Chicopee [but] this was a better building," he said. "I want to thank everyone." State Rep. John Scibak, D-Sou... (Read Full Article)

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    10. Chicopee Pride station on Burnett Road to see $1 million in improvements

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    11. Westfield International Air Show returns to Barnes Air National Guard Base in 2016

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    12. Greening the Gateway Cities Program Expands to Chicopee, Revere | BusinessWest

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      ...chez. DCR is proud to continue the long-standing partnership between the Bureau of Forestry and the cities of Chicopee, Revere, Chelsea, Holyoke, and Fall River. With the help of local community and grass-roots organizat... (Read Full Article)

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    13. Willimansett bridge reopens to Holyoke-Chicopee traffic after $26.5 million renovation

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    14. Chicopee condo complex proposal wins approvals

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      Holyoke utility to pour $2 million from land sale into operating budget ... he said. According to Lavelle, in May, the average homeowner's electricity bill here was $60.06 compared to Chicopee's $66.18, Westfield's $66.56, South Hadley's $72.81 and Eversource Energey's $120.44. Among expenses... (Read Full Article)

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