Interview with Philip Hyatt, September 25, 2018

Project: Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project

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Philip Hyatt, a former employee of the TVA, begins the interview by recalling how he became hired at TVA. Hyatt's friendship with Jack Barron, a former head of Tributary Area Development is also mentioned. Hyatt lists the various TVA offices that he has worked in. Structural and philosophical changes in Tributary Area Development and TVA as a whole are discussed. The interviewee then details the TVA Bicentennial Caravan project. Hyatt's work in community development and community preparedness is examined. The relationship between state government planning agencies and the TVA is analyzed. TVA's community development program for downtown revitalization, Town Lift, is explored. Additionally, the changes in programming during the transformation from Tributary Area Development to Community Development in the TVA, including a major leadership change within that office is considered. Some of the programs undertaken under the new Community Development office under Pete Claussen are discussed. Hyatt's role in reservoir planning during the beginning of his career in the 1970s is briefly detailed. Hyatt also illustrates some of the biggest changes that occurred within the TVA throughout his career. Hyatt's favorite aspects of working at the TVA and his most fond memories are revealed. To conclude the interview, Hyatt articulates what made the TVA special among other federal agencies.

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2019oh1678_tvara0022

Interviewee Name

Philip Hyatt

Interviewer Name

Philip Mummert

Interview Date

2018-09-25

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Hyatt, Philip Interview by Philip Mummert. 25 Sep. 2018. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Hyatt, P. (2018, September 25). Interview by P. Mummert. Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Hyatt, Philip, interview by Philip Mummert. September 25, 2018, Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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