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This Day in Georgia History

May 18, 1933

New Deal Programs Helped Georgia

Two New Deal items of note occurred on this day. First, President Roosevelt’s public works industrial control plan was submitted to Congress; it included $10,176,000 for construction of primary and secondary roads in Georgia. Atlanta mayor James L. Key said he would “leave no stone unturned” in efforts to get a fair share of the $3 billion plus in funds to Atlanta, primarily to build a badly needed new sewer system. Second, Roosevelt signed legislation creating the Tennessee Valley Authority, a quasi-governmental agency that would provide flood control and - more importantly, inexpensive hydroelectric power - to areas of southern states in the Tennessee River basin (which included some counties in northern Georgia).