Catching Up With Mayor Leppert in Asia If Only Because We Miss Him When He's Gone

From the looks of the photos sent along by Mayor Tom Leppert's chief of staff, Chris Heinbaugh, it appears as though Leppert and the other 21 members of a privately funded, weeklong trade mission through Asia have managed a solid swap: We give South Korea a Mavs jersey. They show us how to build a better Trinity River Corridor Project model and reveal their technology secrets.

Officially, Heinbaugh sends word that the delegation's trip through South Korea -- the first by a Dallas mayor -- included meetings with top government and business leaders in Seoul, Daejeon and Suwan. The group, which included Leppert's wife Laura, council member Ron Natinsky and his wife Nancy, Karl Zavitkovsky (director of the city's Office of Economic Development) and Jack Matthews (developer of the Dallas Convention Center hotel), also visited the headquarters of Samsung and Daedeok Innopolis, a high-tech research and development area with 21 corporate research centers and five universities.

"We need to build awareness of Dallas and its attractive investment climate," Leppert said in a press release. "With better awareness will come our ability to attract jobs and new business, benefiting all of Dallas."

Next up: China -- Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai. More pics after the jump.