Dorchester County Economic Development welcomes Michelle McDonald

SUMMERVILLE, S.C.  (October 11, 2021) – Dorchester County Economic Development announced the recent addition of Michelle McDonald as its Deputy Director.


In this role, McDonald will engage Dorchester County’s existing industry partners and promote workforce development efforts for County residents. McDonald succeeds Wendy Smith, who retired in April 2021 after serving the organization for 30 years.


McDonald brings over 15 years of experience in workforce development and consultation in the government, nonprofit and private industry sectors to her new post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Winthrop University and a master’s degree in business administration from The Citadel. She previously served in business development and workforce roles for the Berkeley/Dorchester office of South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation and the Berkeley/Charleston/Dorchester Council of Governments.


Anyone interested in connecting with McDonald regarding existing industry or workforce programs within the County can contact her at


“I am excited that Michelle has joined us.  She has some unique assets that will complement our team. Her prior experience with our workforce programs and existing industry will allow her to hit the ground running.”  — John Truluck, Director, Dorchester County Economic Development


“As the new Deputy Director of Economic Development providing the highest quality service to our industry partners is my top priority. I am excited to be a contributor to the growth of Dorchester County. As our businesses and workforce continue to thrive, I hope to ensure all Dorchester County citizens are able to easily access these many new opportunities.” – Michelle McDonald, Deputy Director, Dorchester County Economic Development