BRADENTON, Fla. — The one-year extension of the Gulf Opportunity Zone Act expires Saturday, ending the six-year period that Congress gave three Gulf Coast states to issue more than $15 billion of so-called GO Zone bonds.

As the program winds down, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama report successful efforts in selling most of their authorizations for the purpose intended by Congress: to stimulate economic recovery following hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

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