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 Chamber annual CEO luncheon program highlights women’s fund

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      Chicopee Chamber annual CEO luncheon program highlights women’s fund ...Feb. 11 with Elizabeth Barajas-Romn, CEO of the Womens Fund of Western Massachusetts, as the keynote speaker. CHICOPEE - The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce will launch its annual CEO luncheon program on Feb. 11 wit... (Read Full Article)

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    3. Ludlow construction company to move to former Chicopee nursery

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      Ludlow construction company to move to former Chicopee nursery ...he former nursery property on Sheridan Street and is planning to move his construction company from Ludlow to Chicopee. The company mainly specializes in highway and road construction. Recently Fernandes appeared befor... (Read Full Article)

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    4. Valley Opportunity Center receives grant to rebuild Chicopee preschool

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      Valley Opportunity Center receives grant to rebuild Chicopee preschool .... & George A. Davis Foundation, a Community Development Block Grant from the city and a bank loan through the Chicopee Savings Bank, which will paid back with tuition funds earned from the center, Huntley said. In total... (Read Full Article)

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    5. Amtrak rail 'employment corridor' would open job opportunities: Letters to the Editor

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      ...our area, see the job opportunity benefits, and instruct MassDOT to make this quickly happen. Jim Raschilla, Chicopee ... (Read Full Article)

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    6. 'That peanut shop' in Springfield (Hampton Farms) gives former jail inmates opportunities for employment success

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      'That peanut shop' in Springfield (Hampton Farms) gives former jail inmates opportunities for employment success ...ntence for drunken driving, 4th offense, at the Western Massachusetts Regional Women's Correctional Center in Chicopee. She remains an employee at Hampton Farms, and has no plans to leave, even though her sentence ended... (Read Full Article)

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    7. Hadley bison farm, Seven Sisters Market on auction block Feb. 4

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      Hadley bison farm, Seven Sisters Market on auction block Feb. 4 ... sold at auction Feb. 4. Seven Sisters owner Paul Ciaglo has failed to the pay the $1.27 million mortgage to Chicopee Savings Bank on Seven Sisters, as well as the mortgages on two other parcels. About 40 acres in tota... (Read Full Article)

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    8. 2014 in review: 10 biggest business deals and projects in Western Massachusetts | masslive

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      2014 in review: 10 biggest business deals and projects in Western Massachusetts | masslive .... But businessman Peter Picknelly stepped in and, with partners including the Yee family of the Hu Ke Lau in Chicopee, saved the iconic restaurant. They invested $750,000 in a whirlwind renovation and reopened The Fort ... (Read Full Article)

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    9. Mohawk Fine Papers plans to open South Hadley facility in 4 months

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      Mohawk Fine Papers plans to open South Hadley facility in 4 months ...d Business Operations, explained why the South Hadley location was chosen. The company had also been eyeing a Chicopee industrial site. "We selected South Hadley because the layout of the building is ideal for our manuf... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   Chicopee

    10. Knowledge Corridor Special: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, others christen Amtrak rails

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      Knowledge Corridor Special: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, others christen Amtrak rails ...ck. Leaving Springfield's Union Station, the train slithered its way through the North End, crossing through Chicopee and over the river  into Holyoke. From Holyoke, the train seemed to swoop down as the tracks veered ... (Read Full Article)

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    11. Chicopee officials hoping state-city-military partnership will preserve Westover Air Base

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      Chicopee officials hoping state-city-military partnership will preserve Westover Air Base ...conomy. The vacant housing has also been a problem for years, Moreau said. "Westover has been a big part of Chicopee for a long time. We look at it as a ward and we take care of it as we do our wards," he said. ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    12. Chicopee hires first GIS director to create computer maps of the city

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      Chicopee hires first GIS director to create computer maps of the city ...loaded into the GIS system, Kos said. "I am pleased to announce the hiring of a GIS Director for the City of Chicopee," Kos said. "We first started implementing GIS in my first administration. This is a long overdue pos... (Read Full Article)

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    13. UMass to open aeronautical research center at Westover base in Chicopee with

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      UMass to open aeronautical research center at Westover base in Chicopee with ...r, UMass-Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy, who also serves as a member of the Military Task Force, and Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos. "This is a perfect match for our role as one of the country's top research univer... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    14. Mohawk Fine Papers gets 5-year $177,338 tax break for South Hadley plant

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      Mohawk Fine Papers gets 5-year $177,338 tax break for South Hadley plant ...own Meeting unanimously approved the STA last month. Mohawk had also been considering a regional location in Chicopee but chose South Hadley instead. According to the ECAC approval, the company will invest $1.5 million... (Read Full Article)

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    15. Chicopee to demolish long-vacant military housing, build solar farm for Westover

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      Chicopee to demolish long-vacant military housing, build solar farm for Westover ...is to partner with Westover Air Reserve Base officials to reduce the energy costs for the military, Kos said. CHICOPEE - A state grant will help the city demolish 128 vacant military homes that have been a problem for mo... (Read Full Article)

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    16. Mohawk Fine Papers company chooses South Hadley to locate envelope manufacturing plant

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      Mohawk Fine Papers company chooses South Hadley to locate envelope manufacturing plant ...tor told the selectboard at Tuesday's meeting. The New York-based company was also considering a location in Chicopee. Mohawk senior vice president Robert Scannell, who attended last month's South Hadley Town Meeting -... (Read Full Article)

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