Heard on the Street: NXST selected to conduct small business study, and why we need to invest in transformative placemaking

Heard on the Street – here’s what we were reading last week:

Consultant Selected for Small Business Study: The City of Columbus Department of Development selected Next Street to provide a comprehensive assessment and study of opportunities for entrepreneurship-based economic development as part of its ongoing efforts to reimagine small business support within the City of Columbus.

SVX.US launches new impact investing platform with $11.5 million TechSoup offering: The new platform helps a growing segment of investors make good impact investments. The capital raise will enable TechSoup to power up social impact with new initiatives to help organizations improve lives through the use of technology.

Investing’s Final Frontier – Impact Measurement: The enigmatic “impact measurement” may be one of the final frontiers of investing — the moonshot for a generation that is enamored with startups and venture funds but that also is keenly aware of a whole world of social problems needing to be solved systematically.

Why we need to invest in transformative placemaking: US cities are experiencing rebounding populations, growing employment, and new public and private sector investments, but the benefits from these trends are not equally distributed. To address that, Brookings launched a Center for Transformative Placemaking.