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Mayor Eric Garcetti recently gathered local government and business leaders for a 10-day trade mission through Asia with the goal of increasing Asian investment and tourism in Los Angeles, as well as promoting open and free trade. The trip toured Tokyo, Seoul, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hong Kong and included the mayor, City Council members and a business delegation that included members across industries. L.A.-based architectural firm Jerde’s CFO and SVP Paul Martinkovic joined the trip to share insights about creating density through transit-oriented development and mixed-use development—which Asia is known for—in Los Angeles.

“Our firm is a good example of what the trade mission was aiming to accomplish, in that we have not only had success in designing great projects overseas, but we’ve also brought business back to Los Angeles in the form of foreign investors looking to find projects here,” Martinkovic tells GlobeSt.com. Jerde has worked on several projects throughout Asia, including Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills, D-Cube City in Seoul, and Langham Place in Hong Kong.  “I opened Jerde’s Asia office back in 2000 so I brought firsthand experience to the trip,” adds Martinkovic.

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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