The Financial Planning Association has decided to move its 2006 annual conference to Nashville, Tenn., and away from New Orleans.

The 4-day conference is now scheduled to start Oct. 21. Previously, the FPA, Denver, had scheduled the conference to start Oct. 7.

Some groups have made a point of continuing to offer scheduled events in New Orleans, despite the effects of Hurricane Katrina, and the FPA is talking to New Orleans convention leaders about the possibility of scheduling FPA meetings in the city in later years, according to FPA Executive Director Marvin Tuttle Jr.

The FPA also is encouraging member planners to participate in the hurricane relief efforts it has set up.

But, “after considerable thought and dialogue with officials at the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau and the New Orleans Convention Center regarding the impact of the recent hurricanes to New Orleans and surrounding areas, we have determined that it is in the best interests of FPA and its members to move our 2006 annual conference,” Tuttle says.