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. Longtime Chicopee Chamber pres. retiring

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Oct 28 2013)

      ...hamber of Commerce (the Greater Chicopee Chamber is the only chamber in the area with such an accreditation). CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - The longtime President of the Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce will be leaving of... (Read Full Article)

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    3. Hampden Bank, dissident shareholders in proxy fight; investors demand sale or merger to boost profits

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      Hampden Bank, dissident shareholders in proxy fight; investors demand sale or merger to boost profits ... Chicopee Savings, but as yet has not planned a similar proxy fight. William J. Wagner, president and CEO of Chicopee Savings and its parent, Chicopee Bancorp, said he's spoken with Guerry. In the Hampden Bank battle, ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Chicopee Savings Bank

    4. Elms College dedicates new lab building

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      Elms College dedicates new lab building ...ility will better prepare their students for careers in nursing, science and computer information technology. CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - More than one hundred Elms College students and faculty members attended a dedication... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Chicopee   Elms College

    5. Massachusetts approves study to overhaul Interstate 91 through Springfield

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      Massachusetts approves study to overhaul Interstate 91 through Springfield ...ov. Deval L. Patrick said the state would have "a big, big problem" if the Interstate 91 viaduct falls down. Chicopee Mayor Michael Bissonnette said it is important to find a solution to the I-91 viaduct. Bissonnette sa... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Michael D. Bissonnette

    6. Mason Square supermarket in Springfield, other projects might gain from Working Cities Challenge

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      Mason Square supermarket in Springfield, other projects might gain from Working Cities Challenge ...e of the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center and Holyoke's innovation economy strategy. In Chicopee, city leaders are working with with Elms College, Holyoke Community College and the Economic Developm... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Big Y Foods   MassMutual

    7. Viewpoint: Western Massachusetts' economic development is blossoming

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      Viewpoint: Western Massachusetts' economic development is blossoming ...AMP it up! campaign, designed to promote careers in advanced manufacturing. Thanks to tours at companies like Chicopee’s Hoppe Technologies and programs for students in Ware and Palmer, a whole new generation can see the... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   West Springfield   Palmer

    8. Chicopee mechanical contracting business to expand its building

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      Chicopee mechanical contracting business to expand its building ...g when it is finished. Another 42 people work in Chicopee and there are also some outside staff, Geroux said. CHICOPEE – Owners of a mechanical contracting company that specializes in plumbing and heating and air conditi... (Read Full Article)

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    9. Westover Air Reserve Base, Barnes Air National Guard Base employees return to work despite government shutdown; apprehensions remain

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      Westover Air Reserve Base, Barnes Air National Guard Base employees return to work despite government shutdown; apprehensions remain ... federal government deemed Robert j. Delano' civilian aircraft mechanic's job at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee as being too necessary to cut as part of the government shutdown. But it's next week and the week af... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee   Westfield

    10. WMECO plans to close Springfield Technology Park headquarters, Greenfield service depot; says no jobs will be lost

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      WMECO plans to close Springfield Technology Park headquarters, Greenfield service depot; says no jobs will be lost ...rst Light Power, ISO New England, North American Energy Alliance, Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric, Chicopee Electric, South Hadley Electric, Westfield Gas & Electric, and Rockbestos Surprenant Cable Corp. ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Springfield   Chicopee

    11. Westover Air Base in Chicopee sends hundreds of employees home because of government shutdown

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      Westover Air Base in Chicopee sends hundreds of employees home because of government shutdown ...ork full-time as civilians on the base, making it complex to figure out who is to be furloughed, Bishop said. CHICOPEE – Several hundred civilian employees at Westover Air Reserve Base arrived at work Tuesday morning jus... (Read Full Article)

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    12. Federal Rural Development program awards $10.6 million loan to Chinese charter school in Hadley

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      Federal Rural Development program awards $10.6 million loan to Chinese charter school in Hadley ...al community.” The school serves dozens of area communities, including the cities of Springfield, Westfield, Chicopee and Holyoke as well as towns such as Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley and Heath. “We’re honored and pleas... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Amherst   Chicopee

    13. Western New England University students get real-time stock trading facility thanks to generosity of Springfield couple. | masslive

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      Western New England University students get real-time stock trading facility thanks to generosity of Springfield couple. | masslive ...died business at what was then a Springfield Extension of Northeastern University, said Jeffrey B. Sagalyn, a Chicopee attorney who acts as trustee for the estate and longtime family friend. Cohen married Frances after s... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield   Chicopee

    14. Mohegan Sun to use Pioneer Valley Planning Commission in negotiations with surrounding communities to its proposed Palmer resort casino

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      Mohegan Sun to use Pioneer Valley Planning Commission in negotiations with surrounding communities to its proposed Palmer resort casino ...rs and other officials from Springfield, West Springfield, Agawam, Longmeadow, East Longmeadow, Wilbraham and Chicopee. Some of the officials said they have not heard from the casino companies or are not aware of any se... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Mohegan Sun   West Springfield

    15. Westfield, Chicopee, Holyoke and Affiliated Chambers of Greater Springfield plan trade show | masslive

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      Westfield, Chicopee, Holyoke and Affiliated Chambers of Greater Springfield plan trade show | masslive ...unity, as well as the public is invited to attend the show. The event is sponsored by the Greater Westfield, Chicopee, Holyoke and Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield. It provides chamber members the ... (Read Full Article)

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    16. Walmart withdraws controversial plan for Holyoke supercenter, citing site pollution

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      Walmart withdraws controversial plan for Holyoke supercenter, citing site pollution ...ces our store would have offered, and we remain committed to serving customers in the area with our stores in Chicopee, Northampton and Westfield,” Walmart is in the process of expanding its Westfield store to include a... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Kathleen G. Anderson

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