The Greater Morris County Development Corporation was founded in 1958 as a for- proﬁt corporation. In 1987, the GMDC became a non-proﬁt 501c6. The organization has had numerous successes, including facilitating the move of Rex Materials Group (now Unifrax) to Council Grove and assisting US Stone with road development at the Herington Airport to accommodate their operational needs.
The GMDC tackled a Revisioning Initiative in 2018 to better deﬁne the organization's purpose and become more effective and relevant. The initiative included hiring a full-time Executive Director in December of 2019 to propel Morris County's economic development efforts. Since that time, The GMDC has become a NetWork Kansas E-Community, providing gap ﬁnancing to businesses in the County, and offering workshops to beneﬁt local businesses. The GMDC also has a robust legislative presence with the current Executive Director serving on the Kansas Economic Development Association (KEDA) Board of Directors and working closely with partners throughout the State of Kansas.