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. U.S. Tsubaki in Chicopee receives final approval for 100,000 square-foot addition

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      U.S. Tsubaki in Chicopee receives final approval for 100,000 square-foot addition ... few problems with the plan to expand the plant at 106 Lonczak Drive and approved it in a 4-0 vote last week. CHICOPEE – The Planning Board gave U.S. Tsubaki final approvals to build a 100,000 square-foot addition that w... (Read Full Article)

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    3. Western Mass. 'overlooked and underappreciated,' economist says at Knowledge Corridor event

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      Western Mass. 'overlooked and underappreciated,' economist says at Knowledge Corridor event ...killed workforce that convinced auto parts maker U.S. Tsubaki to invest $20 million and create 35 new jobs in Chicopee and not at plants in Tennessee or Mexico. Kos also briefed the group on Chicopee's three-family owner... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Bradley International Airport   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

    4. New England Knowledge Corridor Partnership to Host Mayors’ Forum

      Explore BusinessWest (Oct 4 2016)

      New England Knowledge Corridor Partnership to Host Mayors’ Forum ...ude the mayors of four of the region’s largest cities, including Domenic Sarno of Springfield, Richard Kos of Chicopee, Toni Harp of New Haven, Conn., and Erin Stewart of New Britain, Conn. Attendees will also have the o... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield

    5. Chicopee expected to approve lease for new solar farm on former Westover Air Base land

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      Chicopee expected to approve lease for new solar farm on former Westover Air Base land ...company was selected through the bid process, to design, construct and maintain a solar farm on the property. CHICOPEE – The City Council will be asked to authorize a lease which will officially create a solar field on l... (Read Full Article)

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    6. Area Chambers to Host Table Top Expo Oct. 4

      Explore BusinessWest (Sep 28 2016)

      ... are invited to attend. Admission is $5 for anyone pre-registered and $10 at the door. CHICOPEE — The Greater Chicopee, Greater Holyoke, Greater Westfield, and Springfield Regional Chambers of Commerce will hold the 19th... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke Medical Center   Springfield   Chicopee

    7. Downtown Chicopee business granted OK to expand

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      Downtown Chicopee business granted OK to expand ... years. We have 20 employees and we need more office space," said Thomas Tunstall, one of the company owners. CHICOPEE – Owners of a downtown manufacturing business have been granted a zone change which will allow them t... (Read Full Article)

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    8. Chicopee City Council approves extension for Cabotville Mill project

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      Chicopee City Council approves extension for Cabotville Mill project ... the water line and other utilities such as sewer pipes, storm drains and electrical lines in the west end of Chicopee Center. Using some of the money, it has hired an engineering firm that is studying the problem of the... (Read Full Article)

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    9. Chicopee officials break ground on new Mercedes-Benz dealership

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      Chicopee officials break ground on new Mercedes-Benz dealership ...achusetts matters and Chicopee is a great place to do business," he said. He talked about the advantages that Chicopee and Western Massachusetts offers. There is a strong work ethic that will help Springfield Automotive ... (Read Full Article)

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    10. ConEdison opens Westfield solar farm; 8K panels capable of powering 300 homes (photos, video)

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      ConEdison opens Westfield solar farm; 8K panels capable of powering 300 homes (photos, video) ...ent, the owner and operator of the new panels. That's enough to fill 2,000 trailer trucks. Ted Ondrick Co. of Chicopee crushed all that material down to chunks smaller than 3 inches. The crushed material was used to leve... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee   Westfield

    11. LPV Refines Its Mission to Identify, Develop, and Connect Leaders

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      LPV Refines Its Mission to Identify, Develop, and Connect Leaders ...focus on Hampshire County and the Five College area. Others will center on Springfield (Jan. 20), Holyoke and Chicopee (March 17), and Franklin County (April 28). Other challenge days are slated for Feb. 10, with ‘creati... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   West Springfield   Springfield

    12. Area Leaders to Speak at GHCC Economic Development Breakfast

      Explore BusinessWest (Sep 19 2016)

      Area Leaders to Speak at GHCC Economic Development Breakfast ...llivan, South Hadley town administrator; and Mike Vedovelli, director of Economic Development for the city of Chicopee. Chamber board chair Margaret Mantoni of Loomis Communities will kick off the Breakfast with a welcom... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke Medical Center   Chicopee   Holyoke

    13. $158,000 state grant helps continue Enrollment Initiative Program at Westfield State...

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      $158,000 state grant helps continue Enrollment Initiative Program at Westfield State... ...from surrounding school districts this year. Enrolled students come from school districts in agawam, Amherst, Chicopee, Hampden-Wilbraham, Hampden Charter School of Science, Ludlow, Southwick-Tolland, West Springfield an... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Westfield State University   West Springfield   Springfield

    14. Ludlow signs agreement for $429K in state funding for Riverwalk project at Ludlow Mills

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      Ludlow signs agreement for $429K in state funding for Riverwalk project at Ludlow Mills ...assachusetts for over 50 years.. Ludlow Mills, a massive complex of buildings bounded by State Street and the Chicopee River, is a hive of activity these days. Work on the Clock Tower Mill residential project by Boston's... (Read Full Article)

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    15. Chicopee Cultural Council accepting grant applications for $33,400 for community art...

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      Chicopee Cultural Council accepting grant applications for $33,400 for community art... ...cil will also offer assistance with the application process between 6 and 8 p.m., Sept. 28 and Oct. 12 in the Chicopee Public Library computer lab. To reserve time for help contact Susan Morando McAndrew 413-568-5726. Re... (Read Full Article)

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    16. Chicopee Cabotville Mill developers request 6-month extension of permit process

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      Chicopee Cabotville Mill developers request 6-month extension of permit process ...ned for 180 days until transaction related matters are clarified," Papowitz wrote in a letter to the council. CHICOPEE – The City Council agreed to delay taking any action on the proposal to convert the Cabotville Mill i... (Read Full Article)

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