Regional Development

January 1, 1945

Report Outline
Regional Development of Natural Resources
Regional Development in Tennessee Valley
Regional Development after World War II
Special Focus

Regional Development of Natural Resources

Resource Development Projects in New Congress

Regional development of the major river basins of the United States as economic units will be one of the leading objectives of the Roosevelt administration during the President's fourth term in the White House. Such development is looked upon by the President as holding the promise of a substantial contribution toward the goal of “sixty million jobs” after the war.

A portfolio of plans for integrated development of the resources of 15 major watershed areas, now in preparation by the Department of the Interior, will be ready for submission to Congress early in 1945. And early action has been promised by congressional leaders on legislation for establishment of a new valley authority, modeled upon the Tennessee Valley Authority, to administer the construction program authorized in December for the basin of the Missouri River.

President's Position on Valley Authorities

Proposals for application of the T. V. A. principles in other river valleys raise two basic issues: (1) How intensively shall regional development proceed under federal direction and control? (2) Can regional development under federal auspices be best administered by new valley authorities or through cooperation of existing agencies of the federal government? The President's position on these questions was made clear in a message to Congress last Nov. 28 in which he described as “only a beginning” the plan for developmen of the Missouri River basin submitted jointly by the Corps of Army Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation of the Department of the Interior.

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