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. US Tsubaki kicks off $11.5 million Chicopee expansion (Photos)

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      US Tsubaki kicks off $11.5 million Chicopee expansion (Photos) ...broke ground on the expansion of the Chicopee facility on Monday. "This is very exciting news for the city of Chicopee," Kos said."My administration worked very closely with the City Council and the Commonwealth of Massa... (Read Full Article)

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    3. SuperBrush, a Springfield manufacturer, expands by expanding market

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      SuperBrush, a Springfield manufacturer, expands by expanding market ...e didn't have them to keep us going, we would have been in trouble." SuperBrush moved from a mill building in Chicopee to 800 Worcester St. in the Indian Orchard section of Springfield in 2009. The building was once a re... (Read Full Article)

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    4. Why Solar Arrays Are the Hot Trend in Energy Production

      Explore BusinessWest (Dec 14 2016)

      Why Solar Arrays Are the Hot Trend in Energy Production ...• Deerfield struck a deal this year with Lake Street Development Partners on a solar project on River Road; • Chicopee negotiated with Southern Sky Renewable Energy to create an array this year atop its capped Burnett Ro... (Read Full Article)

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    5. Elms College President Talks Leadership with Young Professionals

      Explore BusinessWest (Dec 8 2016)

      Elms College President Talks Leadership with Young Professionals ...he also talked about developing diplomacy and perseverance, banishing self-doubt, and learning from mistakes. CHICOPEE — Elms College hosted a leadership luncheon for the Young Professional Society (YPS) of Greater Sprin... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Elms College

    6. Westover's Great New England Air Show to return in 2018, Thunderbirds will perform

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      Westover's Great New England Air Show to return in 2018, Thunderbirds will perform ...erform at the Barnes National Guard Air Base Air Show in Westfield that is scheduled for August, Bishop said. CHICOPEE - Officials for Westover Air Reserve Base have announced they will hold an air show for the summer of... (Read Full Article)

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    7. Westfield Bank completes switchover of former Chicopee Savings locations

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      Westfield Bank completes switchover of former Chicopee Savings locations ...tfield Bank, is chief executive officer of the merged bank. Founded in 1845, Chicopee Savings had branches in Chicopee, Ludlow, South Hadley, Ware and West Springfield. Westfield Bank was founded in 1853. Only one town, ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Chicopee

    8. Friendly's to close Chicopee distribution center: 50 jobs lost

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      Friendly's to close Chicopee distribution center: 50 jobs lost ...ry and wholesale distribution operationin May for $155 million in cash. CHICOPEE -- Friendly's will close its Chicopee distribution center six months after selling off its ice cream plant and retail distribution business... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Friendly's Ice Cream Corporation

    9. MSBDC’s Samalid Hogan Wants to Cement Relationships

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      MSBDC’s Samalid Hogan Wants to Cement Relationships ... small-business owners. Hogan met with BusinessWest to discuss all of the above in the conference room at the Chicopee Chamber of Commerce, located in the heart of that city’s downtown. She was there, as she is every mon... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield

    10. $5 million continuation grant goes to Head Start programs in Western Mass cities

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      $5 million continuation grant goes to Head Start programs in Western Mass cities ...ommunities on Thursday. Neal was present at HCS Head Start--the multi-service agency responsible for Holyoke, Chicopee, and Springfield--on Thursday, detailing how the allocated funds would go towards services for famili... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    11. Westover Air Base poured $197 million into local economy, decreasing impact by $24 million

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      Westover Air Base poured $197 million into local economy, decreasing impact by $24 million ...he economic impact in the future. However he said it is difficult to predict the economic future of the base. Chicopee and state officials continue to work to try to insulate Westover from more budget cuts. Mayor Richard... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Chicopee

    12. Chicopee to offer grants to nonprofits for improving facilities

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      Chicopee to offer grants to nonprofits for improving facilities ...ighborhoods and help anti-poverty agencies, said Chicopee Economic Development Director Michael L. Vedovelli. CHICOPEE – The city's Community Development Block Grant program has launched an initiative to help nonprofits ... (Read Full Article)

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    13. MGM Forges Ahead with Building a Casino, a Workforce, and Its Brand - BusinessWest

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      MGM Forges Ahead with Building a Casino, a Workforce, and Its Brand - BusinessWest ...mpact and its overall influence, which he believes stretches to the decision to open a Mercedes dealership in Chicopee and the city’s recent ranking among the nation’s “most overlooked cities for business opportunities.”... (Read Full Article)

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    14. Super 60 Honorees Reflect a Region on the Rise - BusinessWest

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      Super 60 Honorees Reflect a Region on the Rise - BusinessWest ...-quality early-childhood-education services for children and families in in Western Mass., including Holyoke, Chicopee, Springfield, Ludlow, Palmer, and Granby. Head Start provides a solid foundation for children to gain... (Read Full Article)

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    15. Elms, WNEU College of Pharmacy
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      .... Going forward, qualified Elms students will be guaranteed admission interviews for WNE College of Pharmacy. CHICOPEE, SPRINGFIELD — A new linkage agreement between Elms College and Western New England College of Pharma... (Read Full Article)

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    16. Elms College to Offer Graduate Education in Financial Planning

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      Elms College to Offer Graduate Education in Financial Planning ...he only Western Massachusetts institution offering a live classroom setting for financial-planning education. CHICOPEE — The College of Our Lady of the Elms has registered with Certified Financial Planner Board of Standa... (Read Full Article)

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