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. Development Associates Co-brokers purchase of 80,000 SF industrial facility

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      Development Associates Co-brokers purchase of 80,000 SF industrial facility ...t Associates secured the financing for one of it's affiliated investor groups through their relationship with Chicopee Savings Bank.

      Development Associates, a commercial real estate development company, has added ... (Read Full Article)

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    3. Westfield, Chicopee Merger Called a Logical Step on Many Levels

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      Westfield, Chicopee Merger Called a Logical Step on Many Levels ...ay), starting with Chicopee, the second-largest city in Western Mass. and one with a huge business community. Chicopee also has branches in Ludlow, South Hadley, and Ware, locations that will greatly increase Westfield B... (Read Full Article)

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    4. Collaboration, Shared Goals Spur Redevelopment in Springfield

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      Collaboration, Shared Goals Spur Redevelopment in Springfield ...ness avenues was completely reconfigured within the last year, and reconstruction of North Main Street to the Chicopee line has taken place. A ribbon cutting will be staged next month in Forest Park for the new Eco Cente... (Read Full Article)

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    5. Chicopee Chamber names Jessica Roncarati president | masslive.com

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      Chicopee Chamber names Jessica Roncarati president | masslive.com ...hicopee Chamber of Commerce has appointed Jessica Roncarati as its new president. Her first day was Monday. A Chicopee native, Roncarati has served for the past five years as executive director of The AIDS Foundation of ... (Read Full Article)

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    6. Easthampton building materials company moving back to Chicopee | masslive.com

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      Easthampton building materials company moving back to Chicopee | masslive.com ...pee in 1987 and moved to Easthampton in 2006. Monday it announced it is seeking more space and will return to Chicopee, Mayor Richard J. Kos said in a written statement. Company President and CEO Lance Humphrey signed a ... (Read Full Article)

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    7. U.S. Tsubaki to build $11.5 million addition to Chicopee plant, create 35 new jobs | masslive.com

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      U.S. Tsubaki to build $11.5 million addition to Chicopee plant, create 35 new jobs | masslive.com ...Kos, Dan Butterfield, president of U.S. Tsubaki Auto LLC and City Council President John L. Vieau gathered in Chicopee City Hall Wednesday morning to announce the company's plans to build an about 100,000 square-foot add... (Read Full Article)

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    8. Chicopee City Council endorses plan to sell Facemate property to private developer | masslive.com

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      Chicopee City Council endorses plan to sell Facemate property to private developer | masslive.com The City Council gave its endorsement to a plan to sell off a roughly 3.8-acre parcel of land that was once part of the Facemate Factory complex. The 12-0 vote was mostly a formality. Mayor Richard J. Kos, City Councilor William Zaskey and others announced a week earlier that the city would be taking requests for proposals from people who are interested in developing the land. 'It gives us ... (Read Full Article)

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    9. Elms College Launches Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

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      Elms College Launches Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership ...oups comprised of area businesses and officials to assess the specific needs of the local business community. CHICOPEE — Elms College announced the launch of its new Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) to expand ... (Read Full Article)

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    10. Young Professional Groups Continue to Hone Missions, Programming

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      Young Professional Groups Continue to Hone Missions, Programming ...d their own “professional network,” as he called it. And networking remains a huge part of the equation, said Chicopee City Planner Lee Pouliot, the self-described “NAYP elder” (he’s been a member for five years), adding... (Read Full Article)

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    11. Chicopee Savings and Westfield Bank to merge, become largest bank headquartered in Hampden County

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      Chicopee Savings and Westfield Bank to merge, become largest bank headquartered in Hampden County ...Chicopee Savings has agreed to merge into Westfield Bank to form the largest bank headquartered in here in Hampden County in a $110 million deal. The move continues a trend of bank mergers driven by technology ... (Read Full Article)

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    12. Chamber Leaders to Attend Business Summit on Beacon Hill

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      Chamber Leaders to Attend Business Summit on Beacon Hill ...ption at the 21st Amendment. Buses will depart the Plantation Inn off exit 6 of the Massachusetts Turnpike in Chicopee at 7 a.m., with return by 7 p.m. The all-inclusive cost is $180 and includes transportation, continen... (Read Full Article)

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    13. Microenterprise Program Helps Refugees Launch Businesses

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      Microenterprise Program Helps Refugees Launch Businesses ...ss, but he welcomes some of them, like the gradually growing presence of other auto-related businesses in the Chicopee Falls neighborhood. “Having more than one dealer is better for the business that has better prices an... (Read Full Article)

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    14. State awards $1.25 million to Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke to help protect Connecticut River from sewer overflows | masslive.com

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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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    15. 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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    16. 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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