Donald “Rusty” P. Reed

Primary Focus

  • Oversight of Community Development Grants
    • Site Readiness Fund
    • Santee Cooper Economic Development Fund (SCEDIF)
    • Strategic Planning Initiative
    • Professional Development Initiative
    • County/Regional Sponsorships
  • Sites and Buildings Analysis
  • Management of Community Resources
  • Community Leaders Economic Development Training


  • University of South Carolina, B.A., GINT, 1973
  • University of South Carolina, M.P.A., Public Administration, 1975

Accreditation & Honors

  • Past President: SC County Managers Association (1977)
  • SC Chapter American Society of Public Administration (1980)
  • SC City-County Managers Association (1981)
  • Palmetto Development Group (1995-1998)

Previous Experience

  • Director of Operations, Intertec Data Systems (Columbia, SC)
  • Manager of Research and Development, Foxfire Development Corp. (Hilton Head, SC)
  • County Administrator (Fairfield County, SC)

Community Involvement

  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • The Learning Center
  • Sunrise Foundation
  • Columbia Optimist Club

Donald “Rusty” P. Reed


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Born in Nashville, TN, Rusty moved to Aiken, SC, at the age of nine months and has remained in the Palmetto State ever since. Rusty earned his undergraduate and post-graduate degrees from the University of South Carolina, where his Master of Public Administration prepared him for working in the public sector and managing local government.

While completing his Masters, Rusty began as an intern at Fairfield County and went on to be named the County Administrator prior to graduation at the age of 24—making him the youngest County Administrator in the state. After serving Fairfield County for over nine years, he joined the Central Electric Power Cooperative where he worked in the Economic Development Department. Rusty then joined SC Power Team where he has been intimately involved in the recruitment of many notable businesses to South Carolina, including Caterpillar, Walgreens Distribution, Honda of SC, and Google. He is now the Senior Vice President of Community Preparedness, charged with administering grants, community resources, local leadership training, and sites/buildings analysis. Rusty is well-known for his tremendous state-wide knowledge of existing industry, state incentives, local governments, and the electric cooperatives.

Rusty has served as Past President of the SC County Managers, Administrators and Supervisors Association; SC Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA); SC City and County Managers Association; and Palmetto Development Group. In 1979, he was selected as the “Public Administrator of the Year” by the SC Chapter of ASPA. Additionally, he is involved in the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association (SCEDA), and serves in various capacities for other community non-profits.

Rusty and his wife Dottie have three adult children, Elizabeth, Hunter and Haley. Rusty enjoys classical music and the arts, as he and his wife often take-in the local arts, attending theatre and musical performances. Rusty is a strong supporter of the USC Gamecocks and has been a member of the Gamecock Club since his graduation. For nearly 30 years, Rusty has enjoyed participating in higher education competitive crossword challenges, as he likes the challenge of solving problems.

Things other people say about Rusty …

strong proponent of the Cooperative system with a life-long interest in economic development as a means of increasing per-capita income and living standards in SC.

Rusty loves …

travel, learning new things and discussions of politics and current events.

His most precious time is spent …

with his family and traveling.

Interesting facts …

Rusty has served as a guest lecturer at the USC School of Public Administration, Webster University and at the SC Association of Counties Local Government Institute.

Who Rusty was back then …

as a young local government administrator in a rural county, he came to realize that most problems facing low-income areas of the state had a lack of jobs and economic opportunity as their root cause. This eventually led him to a career in Economic Development.