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Is the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) still in effect today?

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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.

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The simple answer to this questions is the Tennessee Valley Authority still exists today.  When the Tennessee Valley Authority was created, it was to help provide electricity cheaply to the southern part of the United States.  This was created as a part of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal program.  The goal was to provide cheap electricity which would encourage business to move into the region which would provide jobs.  It continues to provide power to the South.  It is owned by the United States government, and it still provides cheaper electricity (on the national average) to seven southern states.  It is a non-profit organization and receives no tax dollars to operate.  Besides providing cheaper electricity, the Tennessee Valley Authority assists with flood control in the region.  It also helps with economic development.  The Tennessee Valley Authority is alive and well today!!!  

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