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).

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    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. Gov. Charlie Baker: 24-hour Westover Air Reserve Base operation would boost Chicopee | masslive.com

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      Gov. Charlie Baker: 24-hour Westover Air Reserve Base operation would boost Chicopee | masslive.com Around-the-clock flight operations at Westover Metropolitan Airport and Westover Air Reserve Base would be a significant boon to a base that already generated $323.9 million in economic output and employed 3,990 people in 2013, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said during a visit to the base on Friday. Baker discussed ongoing improvements to the base following a tour. The event was part of a daylong swing through Western Massachusetts ... (Read Full Article)

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    3. Builders Benefit from a Boom in Auto-dealership Construction

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      Builders Benefit from a Boom in Auto-dealership Construction ...hould know, having tackled dozens of projects for auto dealers — most recently multiple projects for Curry in Chicopee, Sarat in Agawam, and the New York-based Lia Auto Group. “We’ve done probably a dozen facilities for ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Chicopee

    4. Mestek in Westfield, Riverbend Medical Group in Chicopee among workforce training grant recipients | masslive.com

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      Mestek in Westfield, Riverbend Medical Group in Chicopee among workforce training grant recipients | masslive.com The state of Massachusetts announced $8.9 million in Workforce Training Grant this week, some of them for area companies. In total, the grants will go to to 87 companies to help train more than 7,500 workers across the state and were announced at the headquarters of grant recipient Reebok Corp. in Canton. (Read Full Article)

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    5. Chicopee City Council will reconsider spending $425,000 to develop new industrial park | masslive.com

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      Chicopee City Council will reconsider spending $425,000 to develop new industrial park | masslive.com Mayor Richard J. Kos has proposed assisting the Westover Metropolitan Development Corporation with going through the permitting process for Air Park South by allocating $425,000 from the city's stabilization account to fund the complicated state requirements. In September, the City Council voted 8-5 to withdraw the money from the stabilization account. Officials originally thought the proposal passed, but later learned the Council needed nine votes, or a two-thirds ... (Read Full Article)

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    6. Westover's Great New England Air Show pumped $11.6 million into economy | masslive.com

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      Westover's Great New England Air Show pumped $11.6 million into economy | masslive.com ... pumped about $11.6 million into the local economy this spring, according to a new study. Westover officials, Chicopee Mayor Richard J. Kos, University of Massachusetts officials and the Galaxy Community Council, a non-p... (Read Full Article)

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    7. Developer proposes Chicopee subdivison that can be reached only by Springfield streets

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      Developer proposes Chicopee subdivison that can be reached only by Springfield streets ...ng board member. The agreements would also have to be approved by the Chicopee and Springfield City Councils, Chicopee City Councilor Frederick T. Krampits. "I'm concerned about the cost to the city for six homes." Sprin... (Read Full Article)

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    8. Indian Orchard Mills Open Studios, Art Show and Sale to feature work of 50 artists

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      Indian Orchard Mills Open Studios, Art Show and Sale to feature work of 50 artists ...is a 300,000-square-foot arts and industrial complex dedicated to the growth of arts and industry between the Chicopee River and a canal in the Indian Orchard section of Springfield. There are more than 130 tenants inclu... (Read Full Article)

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    9. Northampton named one of the Top 10 small cities in U.S.

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      Northampton named one of the Top 10 small cities in U.S. ...n, Massachusetts at No. 26. Also doing Western Massachusetts proud were Westfield (No. 222 in the nation) and Chicopee (tied for 477th place – which was still in the top 38 percent). Despite California's vaunted st... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Northampton   Chicopee   Westfield

    10. Holyoke Medical Center breaks ground on $22 million addition

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      Holyoke Medical Center breaks ground on $22 million addition ...hich dates back to 1893, serves an aggregate population of 180,000 in cities and towns which include Holyoke, Chicopee, South Hadley, Granby, Easthampton, Southampton, West Springfield and Belchertown. This is a developi... (Read Full Article)

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    11. East, west train service must be explored: Letter to the Editor

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      East, west train service must be explored: Letter to the Editor ...called "Knowledge Corridor". The time for an east/west "Employment Corridor" is long past due. Jim Raschilla, Chicopee ... (Read Full Article)

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    12. Chicopee, Springfield and Holyoke awarded $9.4 million for housing, traffic revitalization projects Gov. Charlie Baker announces | masslive.com

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      Chicopee, Springfield and Holyoke awarded $9.4 million for housing, traffic revitalization projects Gov. Charlie Baker announces | masslive.com ..., state and local officials announced Thursday. Gov. Charlie Baker, who joined city and state leaders outside Chicopee's Lyman Mills building for the announcement, said the funding through the MassWorks Infrastructure Pr... (Read Full Article)

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    13. Elms College receives $31,700 grant for research on biological diversity

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      Elms College receives $31,700 grant for research on biological diversity ...nts to attend national and regional conferences, as well as a workshop in Georgia. Biological diversity grant Chicopee - The College of Our Lady of the Elms has received a research grant of $31,700 from the National Scie... (Read Full Article)

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    14. Chicopee Academy to team with Westover Job Corps to give students a chance to learn job skills

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      Chicopee Academy to team with Westover Job Corps to give students a chance to learn job skills ... provide occasional busing for students in inclement weather or during school vacation periods, Leonard said. CHICOPEE – Within a month of moving into a new school, educators at Chicopee Academy are developing a partners... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Chicopee   Holyoke

    15. Holyoke official Marcos Marrero named to Gov. Charlie Baker's economic development council

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      Holyoke official Marcos Marrero named to Gov. Charlie Baker's economic development council ...noghue, Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies Rep. Joseph Wagner, D-Chicopee, House Chair, Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies Kristen Lepore, Secre... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield Technical Community College

    16. Joe Peters Named Recipient of SPE Thermoforming Division’s 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award

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      Joe Peters Named Recipient of SPE Thermoforming Division’s 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award ...pringfield School Board. Peters as also Past Chairman of the Chicopee Chamber of Commerce and was awarded the Chicopee Citizen of Year award in 2000, Chicopee Businessman of the Year 1998 and was elected to the Western M... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield   Chicopee

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