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Urban Investors offers an experiential learning program for bankers that help them learn about the challenges facing urban areas, how private-sector financial resources support business growth, and how to increase household incomes while helping to diversify financial institutions. This program has exposed nearly three hundred business leaders to our most challenging urban issues. It was originally called Urban Adventure and the organization was incorporated into the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship and the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work at Augsburg University in 2019.
In 1997, about a decade into his retirement from banking, Plymouth member Peter Heegaard founded Urban Adventures. During his business career, Peter was head of the Trust Investment Group of Northwestern National Bank of Minneapolis and founder and Managing Principal of Lowry Hill, an investment subsidiary of Wells Fargo.
Mike Christenson, program director at Urban Investors, is a long-time public servant. He was formerly the director of Minneapolis’ Community Planning and Economic Development (during R.T. Rybak’s administration), associate vice president of workforce development at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and director of workforce development for Hennepin County. Mike is an attorney and graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School.
Celebrating Urban Investors: Paul Pribbenow, Augsburg University President ; Peter Heegaard, founder, and Mike Christenson, Director