TVA’s third decade, beginning in 1953, started on a high note. TVA had major achievements to its credit; both the river improvement and power programs had exceeded expectations and the overall regional development program had been reasonably successful and had widespread acceptance in the Valley and the seven Valley States. Moreover the economy of the region was starting to reflect national conditions. But these achievements also brought on new challenges for TVA, some growing out of the success of its programs and others resulting from changes in the conditions and needs of a growing region.