Rural Development

Rural Development in TVA Economic Development focuses on supporting rural and economically distressed communities across the Tennessee Valley. We work in close partnership with other federal and state organizations that focus on rural development, including:
  • USDA Rural Development
  • The Economic Development Administration
  • The Appalachian Regional Commission
  • The Delta Regional Authority

We offer training to economic developers in leadership development, industrial product preparedness (sites and buildings), planning, and project assistance.

Special Opportunities Counties

TVA offers some grant assistance and special programming for Special Opportunities Counties (SOC). Only counties with the lowest per capita personal income, the highest percentage of residents below the poverty level, and the highest average annual unemployment rates are eligible for the SOC program. The list of eligible counties is updated annually.

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