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Gould Receives National Communications Award

Thursday, September 12, 2019 | 01:26pm
Gould Receives Award

NASHVILLE – The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) honored Corinne Gould, Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA), for her service to Tennesseans and dedication to agriculture.

Gould received the Communications Award, which recognizes an individual for outstanding work in media and public communications resulting in improved understanding of agriculture and agricultural programs. She was recognized at the NASDA annual meeting in Alburquerque, N.M. this week.

“With Corinne’s communications experience, passion for agriculture, and work ethic, our department more effectively shares our message with the citizens of Tennessee,” Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher, D.V.M. said. “She is open-minded and innovative in a time where multiple forms of outreach are necessary. We are very fortunate to have her on our team.”

Gould oversees internal and external communications and provides administrative support for media relations, policy development, and all agency programs. She also administers the Tennessee Agricultural Museum and supervises the public relations team and regional staff.

“It’s an honor to serve the farmers and foresters of Tennessee and to tell your stories every single day,” Gould said. “I feel so fortunate to work with an incredible team of TDA colleagues and leaders who care deeply about sharing the message of agriculture.”

Since joining TDA in 2014, Gould has managed a variety of communications initiatives, including widespread outreach during severe drought, wildfires, and an outbreak of avian influenza. In 2017, she deployed to Texas to assist with animal health communications following Hurricane Harvey.

A native of Spring City, Tenn., Gould obtained her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and graduated magna cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University. She is also a graduate of the Tennessee Government Executive Institute and Leadership Tennessee NEXT. She serves as vice president of the Communication Officers of State Departments of Agriculture organization and is on the board for Tennessee 4-H Alumni and Friends.

In addition to showing and raising American Quarter Horses, Gould spends her free time traveling the country announcing horse shows.