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. Downtown Springfield's Silverbrick Lofts make 'urban living' a luxurious reality

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    3. State incentives in the offing as more companies, communities adopt solar power

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      State incentives in the offing as more companies, communities adopt solar power ...power project on awnings over its parking lot at its factory on Roosevelt Avenue in Springfield. In December, Chicopee officials signed a lease for with a company that will install will operate a 3-megawatt solar field o... (Read Full Article)

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    4. Chicopee expects $60M in investment with 2 hotels, US Tsubaki expansion, Mercedes-Benz dealership

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      Chicopee expects $60M in investment with 2 hotels, US Tsubaki expansion, Mercedes-Benz dealership ...encourage development, but it has to be the right development," Vedovelli said. Not everything is positive in Chicopee. On Jan. 11 Menck USA, which opened a state-of-the-art window factory in May 2015, closed and laid of... (Read Full Article)

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    5. Energy costs factor into business development, expansion decisions

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      Energy costs factor into business development, expansion decisions ...panies owned by investors. They are regulated by the state. Some communities -- including Holyoke, Westfield, Chicopee, South Hadley and Chester -- own their own utilities. These are nonprofits governed by municipal boar... (Read Full Article)

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    6. Preschool initiative successful in Springfield, Holyoke, Boston, Lawrence, Lowell,...

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    7. Chicopee to offer loans, grants to new and existing downtown businesses

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      Chicopee to offer loans, grants to new and existing downtown businesses ...o renovate or build new market-rate housing in the area. CHICOPEE - In a new effort to attract development to Chicopee Center, a city program will offer business loans and grants to people who want to open their own comp... (Read Full Article)

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    8. Development in Chicopee Soars to New Heights

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      Development in Chicopee Soars to New Heights ... up to 16 years as long as they reside in the properties. “The majority of these homes are in Chicopee Falls, Chicopee Center, and Willimansett, and the program continues to grow and pay dividends,” the mayor said. Impro... (Read Full Article)

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    9. New Springfield RMV opens Monday

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      New Springfield RMV opens Monday ...ing janitorial services, according to previous statements by the state. Gardner Construction & Engineering in Chicopee did the work renovating the former theater into an RMV. The Registry is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on... (Read Full Article)

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    10. WWLP-TV 22 has new owner with completion of Nexstar Media Group purchase of Media General

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      WWLP-TV 22 has new owner with completion of Nexstar Media Group purchase of Media General ...ition of Media General, gaining ownership of 71 television stations across the county including WWLP-TV 22 in Chicopee. Newstar Media Group now has control over 171 stations across 100 U.S. media markets which reach to j... (Read Full Article)

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    11. Chicopee adopts tax incentive program to attract housing to downtown

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      Chicopee adopts tax incentive program to attract housing to downtown ...r a mix of the two, Pouliot said. The city is also working on creating other zones in Willimansett and in the Chicopee Falls area to encompass the former Facemate and Uniroyal property for the future, he said. ... (Read Full Article)

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    12. Opening date set for Springfield Registry of Motor Vehicles

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      Opening date set for Springfield Registry of Motor Vehicles ...ek wouldn't speculate on what the new Springfield office means for the RMV's existing Chicopee office at 1011 Chicopee St. But she did say that the RMV is reviewing all its locations statewide to make sure the physical l... (Read Full Article)

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    13. Chicopee signs lease for solar farm near Westover

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      Chicopee signs lease for solar farm near Westover ...lasting value both to the base and to the community." Once the solar system is in place and generating power, Chicopee Municipal Light Plant will be able to lower electricity costs to Westover Air Reserve Base by about 5... (Read Full Article)

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    14. Overall picture is positive for Northampton businesses, chamber says

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      Overall picture is positive for Northampton businesses, chamber says ...n price from $20 to $29. The average business in downtown Amherst pays $29, while further south businesses in Chicopee and downtown Holyoke pay an average of $10.50 per square foot. The high overhead costs in Northampton... (Read Full Article)

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    15. Chicopee City Council approves permit for new Memorial Drive hotel

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      Chicopee City Council approves permit for new Memorial Drive hotel ...pee. The Residence Inn by Marriott, which opened in 2013, is located on 500 Memorial Drive and is part of the Chicopee Crossing project. Patel said the new hotel is part of a chain focused more on meeting the wants and n... (Read Full Article)

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    16. State Awards $162,948 in Workplace-safety Grants

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      ... OSHA 10, OSHA 30, confined space, office ergonomics, and CPR/first aid. Medtronic, a medical-supply plant in Chicopee, received $8,795.40. The company’s training will include powered industrial trucks, CPR/FA/AED, job s... (Read Full Article)

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