Definition of Tennessee Valley Authority from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Tennessee Valley Authority

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(abbreviation TVA)
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an independent US government organization that provides electricity to seven southern states. TVA was established in 1933 by President Franklin D Roosevelt, as part of his New Deal, to encourage the economic development of the area around the Tennessee River. As well as providing electricity it builds and operates dams (= barriers across rivers), controls floods and protects the soil.