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. They chose to locate here because of the workforce and the city's ability to train students at Chicopee Comprehensive High School for high-level precision-manufacturing jobs.
      In Community Spotlight: Chicopee | BusinessWest
    2. 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
    3. For $7 million we will get a building that is brand new and we are keeping the facade which people in Chicopee are proud of.
      In Chicopee City Council approves $37.9 million to turn former Chicopee High School into middle school
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    2. Westover Metropolitan Development Corp. in Chicopee celebrates 40th anniversary

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      Westover Metropolitan Development Corp. in Chicopee celebrates 40th anniversary ...ks has been crucial to the growth of Chicopee’s industrial base, City Planner Catherine L. Brown said. Since Chicopee, like many older cities, has little open space, the only other option is to renovate old mill buildin... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee   Allan W. Blair

    3. Westfield cuts ribbon for Barnes Air National Guard Base runway project as state preps for national review of military installations

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      Westfield cuts ribbon for Barnes Air National Guard Base runway project as state preps for national review of military installations .... Neal said Westover and Barnes have grown in the past few years, citing expanded housing and a new tower in Chicopee. The new tower especially helps foster commercial aviation at Westover, Neal said. More commercial a... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Chicopee

    4. Chicopee Bancorp reports 7-cent dividend

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      Chicopee Bancorp reports 7-cent dividend ...Chicopee Bancorp, the holding company for Chicopee Savings Bank, declared a cash dividend of 7 cents per share for the recently-completed quarter . This is an increase of 2 cents per share paid in the same time... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee   Chicopee Savings Bank

    5. MGM Resorts International details plan for Springfield casino in front of Massachusetts Gaming Commission

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      MGM Resorts International details plan for Springfield casino in front of Massachusetts Gaming Commission ...ation agreements with Ludlow, Agawam, Wilbraham, East Longmeadow and Chicopee. The agreements with Agawam and Chicopee call for each municipality to receive $125,000 up front with annual payments of $150,000. Ludlow, Eas... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassMutual   Mohegan Sun

    6. Chicopee Chamber of Commerce hires Eileen Drumm as new president to replace retiring Gail Sherman

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      Chicopee Chamber of Commerce hires Eileen Drumm as new president to replace retiring Gail Sherman ...ied background of working in non-profit organizations has been hired to take over as president of the Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce. Eileen P. Drumm, of Chicopee, will officially begin the job on Feb. 3, but she ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   American International College   Baystate Health   Chicopee

    7. Menck USA window company gets $5 million in tax-exempt bonds

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      Menck USA window company gets $5 million in tax-exempt bonds ...pt bond on behalf of Menck USA Inc., which does business as Menck Windows. Menck USA, which will be based in Chicopee, was formed through a partnership between Menck Fenster GmbH, a 130-year-old Hamburg, Germany, custom... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Chicopee

    8. Allan Blair, president and CEO of Western Mass Economic Development Council, to retire at end of 2014

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      Allan Blair, president and CEO of Western Mass Economic Development Council, to retire at end of 2014 ... have winters and we have expenses other parts of the country don't have." Born in Springfield and raised in Chicopee, Blair worked in vocational education and job before taking jobs at the Springfield Chamber of Commer... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   Amherst

    9. At Springfield's Renaissance School, students march toward college

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      At Springfield's Renaissance School, students march toward college ...y-like dynamics. Physical education teacher Lori Letellier’s crew has had Thanksgiving dinner at her home in Chicopee for the past two years. Several of Letellier’s female crew members sometimes call her “mom.” Last su... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield Renaissance School   Springfield

    10. The Lights Fantastic | BusinessWest

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      The Lights Fantastic | BusinessWest ...en for more than a decade now. He understood its vast potential to open new doors for the company he founded, Chicopee-based Zasco Productions, by enabling it to contend for projects and there are many of them that cou... (Read Full Article)

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    11. Menck Windows in Chicopee, Berkshire Mountain Distillers in Sheffield, Titan Roofing in Springfield and Mestek in Westfield get tax incentives for growth

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      Menck Windows in Chicopee, Berkshire Mountain Distillers in Sheffield, Titan Roofing in Springfield and Mestek in Westfield get tax incentives for growth ...ng equipment. The project, Menck's first North American factory, is scheduled to create 50 jobs. The city of Chicopee is supporting the project with a five year special tax assessment valued at $348,933. The state has a... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Westfield

    12. Developer offers to cut 60-unit South Hadley housing proposal in half, eliminate 'affordable units'

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      Developer offers to cut 60-unit South Hadley housing proposal in half, eliminate 'affordable units' ...ry of the town’s zoning bylaws and they fear that, if it is built, runoff would pollute nearby wetlands. The Chicopee-based company’s previous plan to build 27 units on the 10.8 acre Ferry Street parcel was unanimously ... (Read Full Article)

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    13. Springfield to receive Shannon grant of nearly $782,000 to combat youth, gang violence

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      Springfield to receive Shannon grant of nearly $782,000 to combat youth, gang violence ...een Cavanaugh, president of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke Inc. and program manager for the Holyoke-Chicopee Shannon Initiative, said the grant marks a $40,000 increase from last year. Beneficiaries also inclu... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Chicopee

    14. Belt Technologies, other local employers, take advantage of Workforce Training Initiatives

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      Belt Technologies, other local employers, take advantage of Workforce Training Initiatives ...icer of Peter Pan Bus Lines, received $54,135 to train 71 workers and hire one additional worker. Duval is in Chicopee. In East Longmeadow, Maybury Material Handling received $165,457 to train 68 employees and hire thre... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Palmer   Chicopee   Peter Pan Bus Lines

    15. Chicopee approves tax break for Menck Windows

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      Chicopee approves tax break for Menck Windows ...on 77 Champion Drive that has been empty for at least five years. “It is our job to entice people to come to Chicopee,” said Councilor Robert J. Zygarowski said. “Creating jobs is part of our job.” In 10 years as a cou... (Read Full Article)

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    16. German firm Menck to open energy-efficient windows plant in Mass.

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      German firm Menck to open energy-efficient windows plant in Mass. ... at its Chicopee plant. German window maker company Menck will open a manufacturing and distribution plant in Chicopee, Mass., to produce energy-efficient windows to meet demands of architects and developers who are focu... (Read Full Article)

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