The Little Rock region is full of surprises. Here are thirteen of them.
Situated on 17 acres of land located next to the Arkansas River, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum showcases artifacts from Clinton’s two terms as president and includes full-scale replicas of the Clinton-era Oval Office and Cabinet Room.
The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service was the first school in the nation to offer a Master of Public Service degree and offers one of the finest speaker series in the world, featuring a diverse array of programs ranging from senators, congressman, cabinet officials and ambassadors to renowned academics, corporate CEOs, philanthropists, authors and journalists. The center, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2014, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world to its grounds each year, and has had an economic impact of more than $3.3 billion.
Considered the birthplace of FinTech, Little Rock hosts the VC FinTech Accelerator powered by FIS every summer. The rigorous 12-week program is designed to accelerate the growth of early-stage financial technology ventures. Ten financial technology startups, who are poised to challenge the status quo in the financial services sector, are selected from around the world to compete in the accelerator.
Little Rock Air Force Base, also referred to as Team Little Rock, executes, generates and supports unrivaled combat airlift – anywhere, anytime. Team Little Rock is the cornerstone of C-130 combat airlift excellence. The LRAFB is Arkansas’ seventh largest employer, with more than 7,700 active-duty, Air National Guard, Reserve, civil service and contractors and an economic impact near $470 million in 2016.
Stephens Inc. is one of the largest privately-held, independent financial services firms in the world. Stephens has 25 offices worldwide and employs more than 700 people.
The Arkansas River Trail is an expansive 88-mile loop through the Natural State, including Little Rock, North Little Rock, Maumelle and Conway. A loop from the Clinton Presidential Bridge through North Little Rock to the Big Dam Bridge, and back through Little Rock to the Clinton Bridge is 15.6 miles. The Big Dam Bridge is the longest pedestrian/cyclist bridge in the U.S.
The UA Little Rock Donaghey College of Engineering & Information Technology offers a diverse array of outstanding programs ranging all the way from Associates degrees through Bachelor’s degrees to Graduate Certificates, MS and PhD programs. The Computer Science program has been rated as one of the top 50 most innovative programs in the nation.
CHI St. Vincent, Little Rock’s first hospital and part of the Catholic Health Initiatives, features a number of points of access throughout central Arkansas, including the world-renowned Longevity Center and St. Vincent West.
The Little Rock Main Street Creative Corridor is revitalizing Main Street one block at a time, using economic development stimulated by the arts rather than a traditional retail base. The Creative Corridor is rapidly becoming a mixed-use, work-live environment that is also sensitive to the historical context of Main Street in Little Rock.
Little Rock Central High is not only a National Historic Site and Museum Visitors Center, but is consistently ranked as one of the top high schools in the nation.
At 1,700 acres, Burns Park is one of the largest municipal parks in the nation, more than double the size of Manhattan’s Central Park.
Little Rock’s Rose Law Firm is the oldest law firm west of the Mississippi River, tracing its origin to 1820, before Arkansas statehood.
The private, Tom Fazio-designed Alotian Club, ranked by Golf Digest as the 27th best course in the nation and No. 1 in Arkansas for 2015-16, played host to the prestigious Western Amateur in 2013.