Regional Planning by the Federal Government

Archive Report

Initiation of the Tennessee Valley Development

A First Experiment in regional planning by the federal government got under way July 1, 1933, with the taking over from the War Department of the government properties at Muscle Shoals by the newly-created Tennessee Valley Authority. President Roosevelt said in his message of April 10, recommending the Tennessee Valley development to Congress: “If we are successful here, we can march on step by step in a like development of other great natural territorial units within our borders.” Arthur E. Morgan, chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority, likewise emphasized, in a statement upon taking over the Muscle Shoals properties, that one of the purposes of the present experiment would be to develop a procedure which could be applied to ...

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