In recognition of the rapidly expanding role that geospatial information is playing in emergency management and public safety, in 2008 the Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITA) created a forum devoted entirely to the subject within their annual conference. Formally known as the Geospatial Dimensions of Emergency Response Symposium, this year’s event in Tampa, Florida (April 21-22), included a Minnesota presentation given by two members of the Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC), Minnesota Governor’s Council on Geographic Information. Steve Swazee and John Hoshal discussed EPC and LMIC “proof of concept” efforts during the Republican National Convention (RNC) that have led to ongoing work to develop a geospatial response team (Go Team) and Common Operating Picture for Minnesota. The discussion proved timely given many of the lessons learned from the RNC contributed to crafting the EPC/LMIC response to flooding in the Red RiverValley. Titled: Providing Situational Awareness to the Republican National Convention and Beyond, a podcast of the presentation should be available in the near future.