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).

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    2. 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

    3. 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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    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. Springfield icon The Fort/Student Prince to reopen Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 26 | masslive

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      Springfield icon The Fort/Student Prince to reopen Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 26 | masslive ...ur Andy Yee jokes that he is learning how to say aloha in German. Yee, whose family has run the Hu Ke Lau in Chicopee for 50 years, is one of the partners along with Peter Picknelly and others who bought the Student Pri... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Amherst   Northampton

    9. Viewpoint: CNR Changchun's plan to build facility in Springfield complements bright future for region

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      Viewpoint: CNR Changchun's plan to build facility in Springfield complements bright future for region ...economy and can look forward to a brighter economic future for the entire region. “Together with Westover in Chicopee, Barnes in Westfield, a High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke and the splendor of the Berkshir... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    10. First Niagara Bank branches in Chicopee, West Springfield among 17 company plans to close in new year | masslive

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      First Niagara Bank branches in Chicopee, West Springfield among 17 company plans to close in new year | masslive ... in West Springfield will be consolidated into the location at 225 Park Ave. The location at 637 Front St. in Chicopee will be consolidated into the 1063 Riverdale St. branch also in West Side. First Niagara said that n... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Chicopee

    11. The Greater Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield and South Hadley & Granby chambers of commerce plan major legislative summit

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      The Greater Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield and South Hadley & Granby chambers of commerce plan major legislative summit ..., and Reps. John Scibak, D-South Hadley, Aaron Vega, D-Holyoke, John Velis, D-Westfield, and Joseph Wagner, D-Chicopee. “This is a very unique and rare chance to have our voices heard directly by the people who actually... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Comcast   Robert DeLeo   West Springfield

    12. It's All Relative

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      It's All Relative

      The center’s executive director, the colorful Ira Bryck, said the agency was founded through the inspiration of a number of professionals and business advisers, many of whom still serve as strategic partners, and was also part of a movement in the early and mid-’90s to establish university-based education programs for family businesses.  “It became clear to a lot of expert advisers that they needed a sort of safe-harbor environment to be able to talk with business owners about a lot of issues that they normally would not be able to talk with them about if they were just ...

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    13. Chambers of Commerce to sponsor legislative event with U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, State House Speaker Robert DeLeo, others

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      Chambers of Commerce to sponsor legislative event with U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, State House Speaker Robert DeLeo, others ...copee, the House Chairman of Economic Affairs and Emerging Technologies. The event, sponsored by the Greater Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield and South Hadley & Granby Chambers of Commerce, is scheduled Nov. 7 at the Log Ca... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Robert DeLeo   West Springfield   Springfield

    14. Chicopee Chambers plan ‘Table Top Expo’ trade show

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      Chicopee Chambers plan ‘Table Top Expo’ trade show ... the show. CHICOPEE - The business community, as well as the general public is invited to attend the Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce multi-chamber trade show on Sept. 30 at the Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Driv... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    15. Allpax division of Guardair Corp. expands gasket cutting product line | masslive

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      Allpax division of Guardair Corp. expands gasket cutting product line | masslive ...ow punches to include arch, power and dovetail types. Packing hooks are now available in 14 convenient sizes. CHICOPEE - Allpax Gasket Cutter Systems, a division of Guardair Corp., has expanded its line of extension-styl... (Read Full Article)

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    16. Chicopee Chamber continues workshop series

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      Chicopee Chamber continues workshop series ...ing, and Renegotiating the Lease, will be presented by attorney Stanley A. Szlachetka. CHICOPEE - The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Common Capital, will present the second in a six-part work... (Read Full Article)

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