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. 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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    3. Associated Industries of Massachusetts survey finds huge variability in health insurance premium changes under 'Obamacare'

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      Associated Industries of Massachusetts survey finds huge variability in health insurance premium changes under 'Obamacare' ...the same two plans it has previously. The new rates are not unusually high. BOSTON — Employees of MicroTek in Chicopee will be paying a little bit more for their health insurance in 2014, as some provisions of the Afford... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield   Chicopee

    4. Westover pumps $225 million into local economy; federal budget cuts cause impact to decrease | masslive.com

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      Westover pumps $225 million into local economy; federal budget cuts cause impact to decrease | masslive.com ...nits which are 10 Army units, four Marine units and two Navy units. With Westover as the largest employer in Chicopee and among the top 10 in Western Massachusetts, budget cuts continue to concern local, state and feder... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Michael D. Bissonnette   Chicopee

    5. Covidien helps keep Square One's preschool exercise program running

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      Covidien helps keep Square One's preschool exercise program running ...es of families and children. Covidien is a leading global supplier of healthcare products with a location in Chicopee and one of the very first funders to step forward and pledge their support to Square One’s LAUNCH pro... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield College   Springfield   Chicopee

    6. Economic impact of Westover Air Base

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      Economic impact of Westover Air Base ...servists and federal employees spent about $225 million within a 50-mile radius of the base here in Chicopee. CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee generated about $225 million this year for the ... (Read Full Article)

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    7. Titan Roofing Inc. moving headquarters with 34 jobs to Tapley Street in Springfield

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      Titan Roofing Inc. moving headquarters with 34 jobs to Tapley Street in Springfield ...ent headquarters at 70 Orange St. in Chicopee, president Fred Pazmino said. "We have outgrown our building in Chicopee," Pazmino said. "And we lease there. Here we own the building. And we can drive right in with our veh... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   University of Massachusetts   Big Y Foods

    8. Urban centers strive to prepare students for 21st Century jobs under newly released vision

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      ...s on this challenging yet rewarding work of ensuring that all of our children are on a level playing field.” Chicopee officials were not directly involved in the drafting of the vision.  Staff writers Michael Plaisan... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    9. Chicopee Chamber of Commerce president Gail Sherman retiring

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      Chicopee Chamber of Commerce president Gail Sherman retiring ...hing and assisting business owners across the region, Gail A. Sherman is retiring as president of the Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce. Sherman said it’s time for her to spend more time with her children, grandchild... (Read Full Article)

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    10. Development Associates completes construction and leasing of the I-91

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      Development Associates completes construction and leasing of the I-91 ...ed by a regional investor group with various holdings throughout western Massachusetts with financing lead by Chicopee Savings Bank. R.P. Masiello of Boylston MA is the general contractor working with architect Gregory J... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton   Chicopee

    11. Elms College dedicates new Center for Natural and Health Sciences

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      Elms College dedicates new Center for Natural and Health Sciences ...m tax-exempt bond proceeds lent to Elms College by a consortium of local banks, led by Chicopee Savings Bank. CHICOPEE – Elms College formally dedicated its new Center for Natural and Health Sciences at recent ceremony o... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee   Chicopee Savings Bank   Elms College

    12. Pioneer Valley Transit Authority seeks $70 million to build new bus operations and maintenance facility in Springfield

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      Pioneer Valley Transit Authority seeks $70 million to build new bus operations and maintenance facility in Springfield ...she said. The planned new operations and maintenance center would negate the need for the leased facility in Chicopee, she said. The new facility would be built in phases, with a building on the east side of the proper... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Palmer   Springfield

    13. UMass Women in Engineering & Computing Career Day gets high school girls interested in science

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      UMass Women in Engineering & Computing Career Day gets high school girls interested in science ...achers from high schools all over the state including, but not limited to, schools in Springfield, Westfield, Chicopee and Amherst in addition to Holyoke and Belchertown. Girls need role models in these careers, said Pa... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Raytheon   Springfield

    14. Luxe Burger Bar opening in Springfield in December, promises transformation of old Visitors Information Center on riverfront

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      Luxe Burger Bar opening in Springfield in December, promises transformation of old Visitors Information Center on riverfront ...uxe Burger Bar opens in early December it will do both, said restaurateur John Elkhay. Elkhay and Tom Cox of Chicopee-based Gardner Construction Industrial Services described last week how the building's tower, visible ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Basketball Hall of Fame

    15. Chicopee receives $1.7M MassWorks grant

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      Chicopee receives $1.7M MassWorks grant ...ding will support the construction of a new senior center and promote the redevelopment of nearby properties. Chicopee receives $1.7M MassWorks grant Will go towards new senior center, other projects * * * * * By ... (Read Full Article)

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    16. Marriott Residence Inn opens in Chicopee

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      Marriott Residence Inn opens in Chicopee ...02149 (2/3) 3. * Previous * Next CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - There's a new place for visitors to stay in Chicopee. A Marriott Residence Inn opened its doors earlier this month - but Thursday was the grand opening.... (Read Full Article)

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