Hoover’s R&D sector is booming and it’s about to get bigger

Hoover’s growing fast and we’re trying to keep up. Photo via ProctorU

It’s no secret that the City of Hoover has an impressive R&D sector. Thanks to a new comprehensive plan, Hoover is ahead of the game to foster growth among research and development—and it’s about to ramp up even more. Keep reading to learn more.

A little refresher on what R&D means

Even companies like ProctorU have made the move from Cali to Hoover. Photo via ProctorU

To put it simply, R&D stands for research and development. In terms of business, this refers to the initiation of new knowledge. In order for a company to grow, they have to develop new products, services and processes, all while improving what they already have.

R&D is essential to businesses. What happens when companies aren’t conducting research and development? Well, they run the risk of becoming obsolete, old-fashioned and are probably on a fast-track to failing.

So what’s up with Hoover’s R&D sector?

McLeod
Hoover’s about to give 280 a run for its money. Just look at the McLeod headquarters in Hoover, Al. Via-www.mcleodsoftware.com.

The City of Hoover already has a booming R&D industry with companies like ProctorU, BioHorizons and Doozer Software. As a matter of fact, four of the five largest software development firms in Birmingham call Hoover home.

The City created a plan to diversify its economy to include more R&D companies within the next 10-20 years.

So how are they planning to jump-start this growth? Hoover voted to make a few tweaks in the city’s zoning ordinance by adding R&D facilities to the mix.

What does this mean for Hoover?

By adding R&D to the zoning ordinance, these facilities can now move into commercial districts that weren’t previously allowed. Now, these research and development companies have the ability to expand or relocate.

Hoover’s the ideal place for R&D companies and is no stranger to this industry. The city fosters an environment where people can live, work and play all within the same community.

What else is happening in Hoover?

Sign out front at Stadium Trace entrance off John Hawkins Parkway. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

There’s a lot happening in Hoover. Just in case you missed them, here’s some exciting new developments in the area.

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  • Chaise is a brunch-loving Content Producer and helps manage the Bham Now Instagram account.