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. We're pleased to help finance Menck USA's first U.S. manufacturing facility in Chicopee.
      In Menck USA window company gets $5 million in tax-exempt bonds
    2. For $7 million we will get a building that is brand new and we are keeping the facade which people in Chicopee are proud of.
      In Chicopee City Council approves $37.9 million to turn former Chicopee High School into middle school
    3. They chose to locate here because of the workforce and the city's ability to train students at Chicopee Comprehensive High School for high-level precision-manufacturing jobs.
      In Community Spotlight: Chicopee | BusinessWest
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    2. The Lights Fantastic | BusinessWest

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      The Lights Fantastic | BusinessWest ...en for more than a decade now. He understood its vast potential to open new doors for the company he founded, Chicopee-based Zasco Productions, by enabling it to contend for projects and there are many of them that cou... (Read Full Article)

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    3. Menck Windows in Chicopee, Berkshire Mountain Distillers in Sheffield, Titan Roofing in Springfield and Mestek in Westfield get tax incentives for growth

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      Menck Windows in Chicopee, Berkshire Mountain Distillers in Sheffield, Titan Roofing in Springfield and Mestek in Westfield get tax incentives for growth ...ng equipment. The project, Menck's first North American factory, is scheduled to create 50 jobs. The city of Chicopee is supporting the project with a five year special tax assessment valued at $348,933. The state has a... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Westfield

    4. Developer offers to cut 60-unit South Hadley housing proposal in half, eliminate 'affordable units'

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      Developer offers to cut 60-unit South Hadley housing proposal in half, eliminate 'affordable units' ...ry of the town’s zoning bylaws and they fear that, if it is built, runoff would pollute nearby wetlands. The Chicopee-based company’s previous plan to build 27 units on the 10.8 acre Ferry Street parcel was unanimously ... (Read Full Article)

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    5. Springfield to receive Shannon grant of nearly $782,000 to combat youth, gang violence

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      Springfield to receive Shannon grant of nearly $782,000 to combat youth, gang violence ...een Cavanaugh, president of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke Inc. and program manager for the Holyoke-Chicopee Shannon Initiative, said the grant marks a $40,000 increase from last year. Beneficiaries also inclu... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Chicopee

    6. Belt Technologies, other local employers, take advantage of Workforce Training Initiatives

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      Belt Technologies, other local employers, take advantage of Workforce Training Initiatives ...icer of Peter Pan Bus Lines, received $54,135 to train 71 workers and hire one additional worker. Duval is in Chicopee. In East Longmeadow, Maybury Material Handling received $165,457 to train 68 employees and hire thre... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Palmer   Chicopee   Peter Pan Bus Lines

    7. Chicopee approves tax break for Menck Windows

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      Chicopee approves tax break for Menck Windows ...on 77 Champion Drive that has been empty for at least five years. “It is our job to entice people to come to Chicopee,” said Councilor Robert J. Zygarowski said. “Creating jobs is part of our job.” In 10 years as a cou... (Read Full Article)

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    8. 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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    9. 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

    10. 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

    11. 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

    12. Economic impact of Westover Air Base

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Nov 14 2013)

      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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    13. 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

    14. 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

    15. 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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    16. 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

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