COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 10, 2024) – The South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association (SCEDA) announced the recipients of two prestigious awards at SCEDA’s Annual Conference, held May 8-10 in Myrtle Beach. John Truluck, economic development director at Dorchester County, has been honored as the Local Developer of the Year, and Holly McCrary, existing industry manager for the South Carolina Department of Commerce, has been recognized as the SCEDA Rising Star.

“I am thrilled to congratulate John on being named Local Developer of the Year and Holly for receiving the SCEDA Rising Star Award. John’s remarkable career has contributed significantly to the positive growth and development of Dorchester County and the entire state,” said SCEDA President, Sandy Steele. “Holly’s recognition as the SCEDA Rising Star reflects her enthusiasm and her drive serves as an outstanding example to emerging leaders in the industry. Congratulations to both recipients on these well-deserved awards.”

John Truluck boasts an impressive 23-year career in economic development and has been a member of SCEDA for 23 of those years. Some of his many accomplishments as economic development director include leading the creation of the Dorchester Economic Development Corporation, a 501(c)(3) committed to driving Dorchester County’s economic interests forward, and the successful introduction of more than 34 new and expanding businesses, resulting in the creation of 4,416 new jobs and more than $1.14 billion in capital investment.

“I am honored to receive the Local Developer of the Year award from SCEDA. Being nominated by my peers, who understand the challenges and triumphs of economic development firsthand, means a lot,” said Truluck. “I am grateful for the opportunity to continue creating a more prosperous future for all South Carolinians.”

Presented by the SCEDA Emerging Leaders Committee and the SCEDA Awards and Scholarship Committee, the Rising Star Award acknowledges Holly McCrary’s notable contributions in her relatively short time in the field. Holly continuously demonstrates a commitment to learning while embodying a positive attitude. She has been in her role with the SC Department of Commerce since February 2023 and plays a pivotal role in nurturing South Carolina’s existing industry, which serves as an engine of economic growth for the state.

“I am delighted to be recognized as the SCEDA Rising Star,” said McCrary. “I am committed to continuing to learn and grow in my role, and to make meaningful contributions towards the continuous progress of our great state.”

About SCEDA 

Since 1965, the S.C. Economic Developers’ Association has served as the Voice of Economic Development in the Palmetto State. A professional trade association of more than 580 members, with representation from all 46 counties, SCEDA includes local and regional economic developers, as well as officials from municipal, county and state government agencies, construction and engineering firms, utility companies, attorneys, consultants, financial institutions, and higher education. To learn more, visit