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ACDS, LLC was formally established in 2003 as an outgrowth of Agricultural and Community Development Services, Inc. (Founded in 1997). ACDS maintains a robust national and international practice within its core business areas of rural economic development, resource based industries, and small and mid-sized business formation. ACDS’s principals, Philip Gottwals and Anna Jensen, bring a strong and diverse background to the business as well as extensive experience in all aspects of agribusiness development, planning, and policy.

ACDS, LLC serves a diverse mix of clients, including government and public agencies, corporations, private developers, institutional investors, financial institutions and non-profit organizations. The diversity of our client base allows us to approach economic development and strategic planning from a wide range of perspectives. We have developed a comprehensive understanding of the factors necessary to encourage, facilitate and direct the development process and decision-making in support of both private and public sector objectives.

The firm has been actively involved in the feasibility analysis and development of many cutting edge projects such as the nation’s first business incubator devoted to national security related technologies. Founder and Managing Director Philip Gottwals has assembled a team of consultants from a wide range of industries and disciplines who bring a wealth of experience that enables the team to tackle a broad range of client issues and solutions.