Interview with Nancy Benziger Brown, October 18, 2017

Project: Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project

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Nancy Benziger Brown, a former employee of the TVA, begins the interview by detailing how she was hired at the TVA. Subsequently, Brown describes the Town Lift program, which was a program to spur economic development in rural downtowns of the Tennessee Valley. Visits of foreign visitors to the TVA are recalled. The interviewee discusses her trip to the Philippines in order to implement TVA home efficiency practices. Brown's participation in a redevelopment program in Chattanooga, Tennessee is briefly mentioned. Next, Brown illustrates the Managing Efficient Resources and Communities (MERC) program. Aspects explored include funding, implementation and results. Interns in MERC and their role are briefly touched on. Following this, Service Sector development and River Heritage initiatives, both with the intention of increasing economic development in the Tennessee Valley, are examined. The relocation of the town of Clinchport, Virginia by the TVA is detailed. Brown reveals what she enjoyed the most about working for the TVA. To conclude the interview, Brown's final project at the TVA is considered, as well as an explanation of why Brown decided to leave the TVA.

Interview Accession

2019oh1669_tvara0013

Interviewee Name

Nancy Benziger Brown

Interviewer Name

Philip Mummert

Interview Date

2017-10-18

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Brown, Nancy Benziger Interview by Philip Mummert. 18 Oct. 2017. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Brown, N.B. (2017, October 18). Interview by P. Mummert. Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Brown, Nancy Benziger, interview by Philip Mummert. October 18, 2017, Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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