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Economic Development

Enhancing the overall business climate means pushing ourselves to do creative community projects that create a more vibrant sense of place in the City of Chicopee. Check out some of our most recent initiatives:

Bidding begins for construction of Food Bank of Western Mass in Chicopee

Bids will be received electronically until 4PM on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at prior to the bid closing for the construction project listed above. Proposals will be opened privately, and project will be awarded to the most qualified bidder who provides competitive pricing and can confirm ability to comply with contracting and insurance requirements. Project will be performed using prevailing wage standards, bidders will be required to comply with rules and requirements.

TYPE OF WORK: New 62,500 square foot. Food Bank Headquarters and Distribution Center for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

PROJECT DOCUMENTS: If you are interested in obtaining the Project Documents, please email with your name and interested trade package and a link will be sent to you for access.

Center Space

If you are interested in learning more about applying to receive up to $30,000 to enhance this space with business friendly activity, email

Center Place is a temporary spot, created in partnership with the City of Chicopee, MassDevelopment’s TDI and Chicopee Center Businesses. The park is a City owned parcel, that has been renovated to accommodate events like outdoor movie nights, food truck festivals, and creative proposals from the community. The space is looking for a private community partner or business owner to take it over.

Overunder Rendition of Center Park
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Center Place After

Center Park Before

Center Place Before

Center Fresh Farmers Market

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Organizing Center Fresh, supported by the City of Chicopee and other community partners, is a rewarding way for us to give back to our main street businesses by contributing to a vibrant community downtown. The market runs June-October every Thursday from 1-6PM. We rotate a cast of 8-10 vendors who sell vegetables, agricultural products, prepared foods and crafts. Supporting creative entrepreneurs as they break into the business market is just one way we help enable our business community.

Join us for a THRILLER of a 5K road race on October 29th , 2022! Our first year was a blast and we can't wait to do it again!
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