The Tennessee Valley Authority Act was signed in 1933 by President Roosevelt. The Act established the Tennessee Valley Authority as a government corporation initiated to address issues such as the production and distribution of electricity, flooding, and environmental conservation. The agency was also tasked with ensuring that the Tennessee River remained navigable in order to protect domestic and commercial interests.
The TVA made significant achievements with regards to environmental conservation, but the agency’s most remarkable achievement was the electricity generated by the TVA. Commercial and domestic activities were improved and made efficient through the provision of electricity. Industries were set up in the area to take advantage of the energy available, and the developments led to an increase in jobs for the people.
The TVA remains active today as the largest public power company and manages one of the largest river systems in the United States with regards to flood control, navigation, and environmental conservation. The agency serves most of Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Kentucky.