This conference was originally conceived of as an information sharing opportunity by the Charlotte and Southeast Florida Urban Areas who, along with other UASI programs, recognized a distinct need for an effective information sharing platform among UASI jurisdictions. The first conference was held in Dallas, Texas in 2005 and was supported by the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association. This conference was attended by fire chiefs and UASI administrative professionals, who recognized the need for greater information sharing. Based on this conference, participants concluded that a larger conference was needed to provide similar information sharing across all first responder disciplines from all Urban Areas. The 2007-2013 National Conferences grew exponentially to include all of the designated urban areas and representatives from critical homeland security disciplines. The conference offered panel discussions, “lessons learned” and cutting edge technology demonstrations for attendees.