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. Five Town Chamber of Commerce plans Millfest

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      Five Town Chamber of Commerce plans Millfest ...ber of Commerce relies on its member partners to make Millfest a success. This year our presenting sponsor is Chicopee Savings Bank. Other businesses helping to sponsor this event include Go Graphix, The Republican/MassL... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee   Chicopee Savings Bank   The Republican

    3. West of the River Chamber of Commerce, Greater Chicopee chamber sponsoring networking night at Cal's Wood-Fired Grill & Wine Bar

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      West of the River Chamber of Commerce, Greater Chicopee chamber sponsoring networking night at Cal's Wood-Fired Grill & Wine Bar ... and mingle and includes appetizers and a cash bar. The West of the River Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring a "Night of Networking" from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at C... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Chicopee

    4. Economic-development Leaders to Address Holyoke Chamber Breakfast

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 31 2016)

      Economic-development Leaders to Address Holyoke Chamber Breakfast ...director of Holyoke Economic Development; Mike Sullivan, South Hadley town administrator; and Mike Vedovelli, Chicopee Director of Economic Development. Chamber board chair Margaret Mantoni of Loomis Communities will kic... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke Medical Center   Chicopee   Holyoke

    5. Chicopee Cultural Council to request input on arts funding

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      Chicopee Cultural Council to request input on arts funding ...nded library programs for children, outdoor concerts, field trips, theater productions and writing workshops. CHICOPEE - The city's Cultural Council will hold a public meeting to get input from residents on how they thin... (Read Full Article)

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    6. Photos: United Way teams with Peter Pan Bus Lines to deliver 1500 backpacks full of school...

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      Photos: United Way teams with Peter Pan Bus Lines to deliver 1500 backpacks full of school... ...lected all summer at various locations throughout the Pioneer Valley. Students from the Westover Job Corps in Chicopee offered to stuff all 1,500 backpacks. "As we mark the 7th year of this important community initiative... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Comcast   West Springfield   Six Flags New England

    7. Three Western Mass. Companies Are Finalists for Awards

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      Three Western Mass. Companies Are Finalists for Awards ...mic Impact Awards, awarded annually by MassEcon. They are Jarvis Surgical of Westfield, PV Sullivan Supply of Chicopee, and Prolamina of Westfield. These finalists will present one-minute elevator pitches describing thei... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   Chicopee   Westfield

    8. Gov. Charlie Baker signs $1B economic development bill

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      Gov. Charlie Baker signs $1B economic development bill ...rgeted investment can make," Wagner said. Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos said in addition to the MassWorks grant, Chicopee may be able to use other initiatives in the bill, for example to help redevelop brownfields. "It's ex... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Chicopee   Joseph Wagner

    9. Wilbraham Sees Potential in Former Paper Mill

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      Wilbraham Sees Potential in Former Paper Mill ...ificant to the town. It produced its own hydroelectric power for generations thanks to its easy access to the Chicopee River, and at one time railroad cars carrying frozen foods traveled there frequently via a rail spur ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Chicopee

    10. Chicopee Cabotville Mill conversion to begin permitting process

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      Chicopee Cabotville Mill conversion to begin permitting process ...le is surrounded by the canal on one side and the Chicopee River on the other. "It is a bit complicated since Chicopee Center has the oldest infrastructure in the city and it is a matter of working with the system and ma... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee   Holyoke   Westfield

    11. Balise buys $2.1 million in South End Springfield real estate, but car dealer mum about plans

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      Balise buys $2.1 million in South End Springfield real estate, but car dealer mum about plans ...and automobiles from his backyard garage in Hatfield. He became a Chevrolet dealer in Hatfield, then moved to Chicopee before moving to Main Street in Springfield and then East Columbus Avenue. The company opened one of ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Chicopee

    12. Eric Nelson Takes the Helm at Westmass

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      Eric Nelson Takes the Helm at Westmass ...ed, the agency owns industrial parks in Agawam, East Longmeadow, and Hadley that are full or mostly full, and Chicopee River, which remains a mostly blank canvas, but one Nelson believes could finally become filled in. O... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Amherst

    13. SilverBrick buys Cabotville Industrial complex in Chicopee

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      SilverBrick buys Cabotville Industrial complex in Chicopee ...ere is a purchase and sale agreement in place, according to Kos' office. The purchase price was not revealed. CHICOPEE — The SilverBrick Group of New York City, which is already rehabilitating a major retail and housing ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee

    14. United Way Teams Up with Peter Pan, Six Flags to Stuff the Bus

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      United Way Teams Up with Peter Pan, Six Flags to Stuff the Bus ...om July 29 through Aug. 16. The supplies will be distributed in new backpacks to children who are homeless in Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield, Westfield, West Springfield, and South Hadley. “Many children in our community... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Comcast   West Springfield   Six Flags New England

    15. Elms Unveils Its Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

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      Elms Unveils Its Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership ... that this is something he can sell. His quest for all the above will bring him to the Elms College campus in Chicopee on July 29 for something called the Startup Lean Weekend (subtitled “Creating Customers and Value”), ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Elms College

    16. Commercial Construction Work Steady, but Highly Competitive

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      Commercial Construction Work Steady, but Highly Competitive ... large addition at Astro Chemicals in Springfield, and most recently completed the Curry Nissan dealership in Chicopee and a new $6.5 million senior center in Westfield. Projects underway include the $3.5 million PVTA Pa... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Smith College   Amherst College

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