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. Chicopee developer proposes new 11-lot subdivision

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      Chicopee developer proposes new 11-lot subdivision ...e, which is off Granby Road. The homes will be located on a cul-de-sac that will end near the Chicopee River. CHICOPEE – A local developer is planning a new 11-lot subdivision located off another development he completed... (Read Full Article)

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    3. Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Co. expands efficiency programs in Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield, other places | masslive

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      Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Co. expands efficiency programs in Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield, other places | masslive ...updated July 12, 2014 at 4:26 PM View/Post Comments LUDLOW - Eleven municipal utilities, including those in Chicopee, Holyoke, South Hadley and Westfield, a long with the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Co. ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee   Holyoke   Westfield

    4. Foreign Investment: is Greater Springfield ready for a surge? | masslive

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      Foreign Investment: is Greater Springfield ready for a surge? | masslive ...w from scratch. Blair was able to rattle off other success stories, like Leoni Wire and Prima Laser, both in Chicopee. "The whole recession stopped things for a little bit," Blair said. "But now we are ready for a resu... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Stop & Shop   Springfield   Chicopee

    5. On Two Wheels: Stearns Square concerts remain 'Bike Night' for motorcyclists

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      On Two Wheels: Stearns Square concerts remain 'Bike Night' for motorcyclists ... competitor and is a past champion. The party will be held at the American Legion Post 275 on Robbins Road in Chicopee. The event starts at 10 a.m. with the bike show entry from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be live music... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    6. Massachusetts House passes economic development package with August sales tax holiday | masslive

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      Massachusetts House passes economic development package with August sales tax holiday | masslive ...overnments more power over liquor licenses were not included in the House legislation. Rep. Joseph Wagner, a Chicopee Democrat and House chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development, said in floor remarks that t... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Robert DeLeo   Chicopee

    7. 'Walk with a Doc' at Holyoke Mall

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      'Walk with a Doc' at Holyoke Mall ... the maul's customer service desk. The June 18 walk, featuring primary care physician Dr. Jeffrey Dickey, of Chicopee Medical Center, will focus on primary care and the importance of exercise. The next walk, scheduled f... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke Medical Center   Chicopee   Holyoke

    8. Massachusetts House leaders propose $80 million in economic development

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      Massachusetts House leaders propose $80 million in economic development ...education, start-ups and housing. House Speaker Robert DeLeo, a Winthrop Democrat, and Rep. Joseph Wagner, a Chicopee Democrat and chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, annou... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Robert DeLeo   Springfield

    9. Patrick Administration Seeks $100 Million for Gateway Cities

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      Patrick Administration Seeks $100 Million for Gateway Cities ... would make $100 million available to the states 26 so-called Gateway Cities, including Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee, Westfield, and Pittsfield, for a host of economic development initiatives. ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Chicopee

    10. Western Massachusetts communities to see $1.3 million in federal EPA funding for cleanup at 'brownfield' sites

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      Western Massachusetts communities to see $1.3 million in federal EPA funding for cleanup at 'brownfield' sites ...nments will see a total of $1.3 million under an Environmental Protection Agency brownfields cleanup program. Chicopee and Springfield each received $400,000, while the Franklin County council received $300,000 and Holyo... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    11. Western Massachusetts communities get share of $5 million in state funding for public housing improvements

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      Western Massachusetts communities get share of $5 million in state funding for public housing improvements ...ional, $65,000 Westfield, $51,000 Western Mass Consortium (which includes HAP Housing, and Holyoke, Agawam, Chicopee and Northampton housing authorities), MassLEAP, $362,200 ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Northampton   Chicopee   Holyoke

    12. Willimansett Bridge between Chicopee and Holyoke to be completed in July 2015; cost increased by $3 million

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      Willimansett Bridge between Chicopee and Holyoke to be completed in July 2015; cost increased by $3 million ...two, 10-hour shifts working daily on the bridge, Wagner said. The bridge, which connects Chicopee Street, in Chicopee, with Cabot Street, in Holyoke, had serious structural problems that caused a weight restriction that... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Palmer   Chicopee   Holyoke

    13. Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Westover Air Reserve base in Chicopee thought on right track to survive budget cuts | masslive.com

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      Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Westover Air Reserve base in Chicopee thought on right track to survive budget cuts | masslive.com ... Air Reserve Base meeting is set for 4:30 to 6 p.m. May 27 at Westover Metropolitan Airport, 255 Padgett St., Chicopee. Adam Freudberg, policy director to Gov. Deval Patrick and executive director of the task force, exp... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   MassDevelopment   Chicopee

    14. Cabotville Mill in Chicopee to be auctioned

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      Cabotville Mill in Chicopee to be auctioned ... industrial property. The study described the redevelopment of Cabotville as crucial to the redevelopment of Chicopee Center because of its central location and attention it has received in the past, Kos said. “The cit... (Read Full Article)

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    15. Demand Is Heating Up | BusinessWest

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      Demand Is Heating Up | BusinessWest ...r off. But it’s very different now,” said Walter Breau, vice president of Academic Affairs at Elms College in Chicopee. “We have really become a 12-month institution. Students are looking to finish their schooling qui... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   American International College   University of Massachusetts   Springfield Technical Community College

    16. Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westover Air Reserve Base part of statewide tour from base-preservation task force | masslive.com

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      Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westover Air Reserve Base part of statewide tour from base-preservation task force | masslive.com ... on for Westover Air Reserve Base is 4:30 to 6 p.m. May 27 at Westover Metropolitan Airport, 255 Padgett St., Chicopee. Other sessions are planned for Devens, Lexington near Hanscom Air Force Base, and Bourne near Joint ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Chicopee   Westfield

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