Tennessee Valley Authority

(TVA)
   The TVA was established by an act of Congress on 18 May 1933 during the “First Hundred Days” of the New Deal. The TVA was to utilize and control the Tennessee River through the creation of hydroelectric schemes and irrigation systems. The authority was also to incorporate the government-owned nitrate facilities at Muscle Shoals that had been an issue of concern in the 1920s. These developments impacted seven states and more than 3 million people. It brought work, opened up areas to roads, and provided power for domestic consumers and industry. Although often criticized by private power companies and defenders of private enterprise, the TVA was largely judged as a success. It built 16 dams and during World War II produced vital nitrates for munitions and powered manufacturing in the area, and it was the largest producer of electricity in the United States. It also helped eradicate malaria in the region by 1952.

Historical Dictionary of the Roosevelt–Truman Era . . 2015.

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  • Tennessee Valley Authority — ☆ Tennessee Valley Authority n. a federal corporation organized in 1933 to provide cheap electric power, flood control, irrigation, etc. by developing the entire basin of the Tennessee River, esp. by building dams and reservoirs * * * (abbr TVA)… …   Universalium

  • Tennessee Valley Authority — (TVA). A government owned corporation that conducts a unified program of resource development for the advancement of economic growth in the Tennessee Valley region. The Authority s program of activities includes flood control, navigation… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Tennessee Valley Authority — (TVA) n. U.S. federal corporation constituted in 1933 to supply economical electric power and irrigation and flood control to the Tennessee Valley by developing the Tennessee River and making dams and reservoirs …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Tennessee Valley Authority —   [ tenəsiː vælɪ ɔː θɔrɪtɪ], Abkürzung TVA [tiːviː eɪ], Behörde, die 1933 im Rahmen der Politik des New Deal in den USA gebildet wurde; Sitz Knoxville. Aufgabe war, in Fortführung älterer Projekte, die Entwicklung des Notstandsgebiets im… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Tennessee Valley Authority — ☆ Tennessee Valley Authority n. a federal corporation organized in 1933 to provide cheap electric power, flood control, irrigation, etc. by developing the entire basin of the Tennessee River, esp. by building dams and reservoirs …   English World dictionary

  • Tennessee Valley Authority — Infobox Company company name = Tennessee Valley Authority company company type = Government owned independent corporation company slogan = foundation = 1933 founder = location = Knoxville, Tennessee, USA key people = Tom Kilgore (current CEO)… …   Wikipedia

  • Tennessee Valley Authority — Pour les articles homonymes, voir TVA. La Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) est une entreprise américaine chargée de la navigation, du contrôle des crues, de la production d électricité et du développement économique de la vallée du Tennessee.… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Tennessee Valley Authority — Das Logo der Organisation Anlagen der TVA …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Tennessee Valley Authority — An agency of the United States Government, employing almost 18,000 persons, established to develop the Tennessee river for the production of electric power and for other purposes connected with flood control, the improvement of navigation,… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Tennessee Valley Authority — (TVA)   A federal agency established in 1933 to develop the Tennessee river valley region of the southeastern U.S., and which is now nation s largest power producer.   ***   A federal agency established in 1933 to develop the Tennessee river… …   Energy terms

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