The Center plays an active role in the Little Rock community, hosting a number of events, lectures, and conferences throughout the year. The Center was instrumental in catalyzing $3.3 billion in economic impact in the downtown areas of Little Rock and North Little Rock, including renovations of the nearby historic River Market district.
Residents who want to run, walk, or cycle to feel healthier and enjoy the outdoors benefit from the Clinton Presidential Center’s bucolic campus and the nearby Arkansas River Trail with its 15 miles of scenic riverfront and one of the longest pedestrian and bicycle bridges in America.
When it comes to health, Little Rock has a long way to go, but it’s making progress: in April 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center announced that the state of Arkansas was one of only seven geographic markets in the country chosen to participate in a major initiative to help physicians better care for patients with chronic diseases and complex illnesses. This is critical to residents because while the city is affordable for families, it has one of the lowest median household incomes in the country. Furthermore, Arkansas health insurance premiums have nearly doubled in 10 years and the rate of uninsurance is nearly 40 percent among working-age Arkansans in some of our rural counties.