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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      State awards $1.25 million to Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke to help protect Connecticut River from sewer overflows | masslive.com Gov. Charlie Baker and his administration have awarded the grant to the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission to aid the three target communities in their long-term efforts to reduce combined sewer overflows. "The Connecticut River and its watershed is one of our region's natural treasures and it is vitally important to clean it up and keep it clean for generations to come,' Baker said in a prepared release. 'The funds ... (Read Full Article)

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    5. With hopes of spurring expansion, Chicopee agrees to 10-year tax agreement with U.S. Tsubaki Automotive | masslive.com

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      With hopes of spurring expansion, Chicopee agrees to 10-year tax agreement with U.S. Tsubaki Automotive | masslive.com ...ica and is planning to add onto one of its plants in either Chicopee, Tennessee or Guanajuato, Mexico. If the Chicopee plant is selected, the company will build an addition to its facility on 106 Lonczak Drive and add ab... (Read Full Article)

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    6. New Mercedes-Benz dealership in Chicopee to receive 5-year tax deal | masslive.com

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      New Mercedes-Benz dealership in Chicopee to receive 5-year tax deal | masslive.com The City Council has approved an agreement that will give the developer of a new Mercedes-Benz dealership a break on his real estate taxes for five years. The proposal was reviewed by the city's Economic Development Incentive Program Review Committee and negotiated by Mayor Richard J. Kos before being approved unanimously by the 13-member Council last week. It still must be approved by the Massachusetts Economic Assistance Coordinating Council. (Read Full Article)

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    9. Mercedes Dealership Planned for Site Off Turnpike in Chicopee

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      Mercedes Dealership Planned for Site Off Turnpike in Chicopee When Peter Wirth and his business partner, Rich Hesse, commenced their search for a site to locate a Mercedes dealership that would serve Western Mass. and Northern Conn., they started, well, where one might think they would start Riverdale Street in West Springfield. By June, the partners expect to complete demolition and then start construction of a 35,000-square-foot facility that will bring a Mercedes dealership back to Western Mass ... (Read Full Article)

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      Waterfront Tavern in Holyoke under new ownership; business to host grand re-opening this weekend | masslive.com ...as struggled to draw crowds for some time is under new ownership. Donald Robert, owner of Maximum Capacity in Chicopee, took over the business several weeks ago with disc jockey Ryan Spence and bartender Al Proulx. ... (Read Full Article)

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    11. Gov. Charlie Baker to Headline Springfield Regional Chamber Outlook

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      Gov. Charlie Baker to Headline Springfield Regional Chamber Outlook ...tion sponsors Sisters of Providence Health System, Comcast, Eversource, and the Republican; with support from Chicopee Savings Bank and BusinessWest, and presented in in partnership with the East of the River Five Town C... (Read Full Article)

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    12. RiverBend Medical Group to become part of Mercy Medical Center, Sisters of Providence Health System | masslive.com

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      RiverBend Medical Group to become part of Mercy Medical Center, Sisters of Providence Health System | masslive.com ...RiverBend Medical Group a health care practice with offices in Agawam, Chicopee, Springfield, Westfield and Wilbraham will become a part of Mercy Medical Center and Sisters of Providence Health System under a... (Read Full Article)

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    13. Chicopee to see new businesses, expanded downtown housing in 2016 | masslive.com

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      Chicopee to see new businesses, expanded downtown housing in 2016 | masslive.com The creation of the lofts is also key to the redevelopment of downtown. One of the factors in Northampton's revitalization is having more people living downtown who shop, eat and want entertainment, said Michael Vedovelli, director of community and economic development. The project is on an ambitious schedule with the developer planning to start renovations on the building, which has been empty for at least four years, this spring ... (Read Full Article)

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