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    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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    1. This report underscores the fact that Westover is an important economic driver for both Chicopee and the region.
      In Westover economic impact decline does not panic Chicopee officials, but they will watch for future drops
    2. Together with Westover in Chicopee, Barnes in Westfield, a High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke and the splendor of the Berkshires, Western Massachusetts is positioned to be a great place to live, work and play in the 21st century with Springfield as its regional capital.
      Kevin Kennedy in Viewpoint: CNR Changchun's plan to build facility in Springfield complements bright future for region
    3. We're pleased to help finance Menck USA's first U.S. manufacturing facility in Chicopee.
      In Menck USA window company gets $5 million in tax-exempt bonds
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    2. 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

    3. 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)

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    4. It's All Relative

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      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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    5. 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

    6. 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)

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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. Iconic Student Prince Cafe, Fort restaurant sold for $160,000 in Springfield, Peter Picknelly confirms

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      Iconic Student Prince Cafe, Fort restaurant sold for $160,000 in Springfield, Peter Picknelly confirms .... However, he was less forthcoming about a reported partnership with Andy Yee, proprietor of the Hu Ke Lau in Chicopee. "There will be a formal announcement next week," Picknelly said. Yee did not return a call placed ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Peter Pan Bus Lines

    10. Pioneer Valley, Springfield, business leaders push education, access, marketing in Plan for Progress update | masslive

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      Pioneer Valley, Springfield, business leaders push education, access, marketing in Plan for Progress update | masslive ...gh-Performance Computing Center in Holyoke and the in-progress efforts to rehab Springfield's Union Station. Chicopee Savings Bank President William J. Wagner said competition is fierce,. "You have entities from out -o... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield   Chicopee

    11. Once homeless, Jessica Prokop draws standing ovation at United Way of Pioneer Valley fund-raiser breakfast; Michael Mathis stresses MGM philanthropy

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      Once homeless, Jessica Prokop draws standing ovation at United Way of Pioneer Valley fund-raiser breakfast; Michael Mathis stresses MGM philanthropy ...ool supplies for more than 1,300 backpacks for children, who are homeless in Springfield, Holyoke, Westfield, Chicopee, West Springfield and South Hadley. Mathis told attendees that he learned "how important small acts ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College

    12. Women’s Professional Chamber Names Carol Campbell Woman of Year

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      Women’s Professional Chamber Names Carol Campbell Woman of Year ...ors, as its 2014 Woman of the Year. The annual Woman of the Year Banquet was held at the Castle of Knights in Chicopee. The award is presented to a woman in the Greater Springfield area who exemplifies outstanding leader... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Chicopee

    13. Chicopee Chamber of Commerce to offer workshops for small businesses

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      Chicopee Chamber of Commerce to offer workshops for small businesses .... Szlachetka, will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Residence Inn, 500 Memorial Drive. CHICOPEE - The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Common Capital, Inc., is presenting series of workshops on... (Read Full Article)

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    14. Chicopee City Council approves money to continue Uniroyal cleanup

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      Chicopee City Council approves money to continue Uniroyal cleanup ...bursed. "This is a no-brainer. We spend $200,000 and then we get it back," said Councilor James K. Tillotson. CHICOPEE - The city has received two grants totaling $400,000 to be used to remove asbestos and other hazardou... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Chicopee

    15. Environmental cleanup of Ludlow Mills project completed

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      Environmental cleanup of Ludlow Mills project completed ... Ludlow Mills. The Riverwalk will offer public space for foot traffic and passive recreation, opening up the Chicopee River to the Ludlow Mills businesses and to residents of Ludlow, Delude said. This phase of the proj... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee   Ludlow Mills   Westmass Area Development Corp.

    16. ATK Sporting Group to lay off additional 95 employees manufacturing Savage Arms guns in Westfield, 25 in Ontario

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      ATK Sporting Group to lay off additional 95 employees manufacturing Savage Arms guns in Westfield, 25 in Ontario ...s Co. was first organized in 1894 by Arthur Savage in Utica, N.Y. In 1920, the company bought Stevens Arms of Chicopee. From the 1960s through the 1980s, the company was passed from owner to owner, including a stint as ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Westfield

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