Top Headlines: The future of Regions, Infrastructure goals for 2019

Regions’ John Turner: ‘I’m excited about our future’
John Turner says he’s having a lot of fun. Heading Alabama’s only Fortune 500 company might put a smile on anybody’s face, along with a few concerns. Back in July, Turner was named CEO of Regions Bank and Regions Financial Corporation, replacing Grayson Hall. Turner, 56, joined Regions in 2011 as the president of the South Region and led banking operations in Alabama, Mississippi, South Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle. He was named head of Regions’ Corporate Bank in 2014 and president in 2017. – AL.com

Grayson Hall reflects on his time running Regions
Grayson Hall’s time as Regions Financial Corp.’s executive chairman officially ends today, closing out a 38-year career in banking that began with company predecessor AmSouth and saw momentous changes wrought by government regulation, technology and the economy. “I’d like to think I’ve left Regions in a better place,” Hall, 60, said. – AL.com

National publication gives state props for educational ‘Alabama Miracle’
Alabama state senator Trip Pittman had always sort of questioned whether nursery schools were worth the investment. Pittman, a conservative Republican, figured the kinds of things you’re supposed to learn before kindergarten—washing your hands, tying your shoes—might best be taught by parents and grandparents at home. The folks from the Alabama School Readiness Alliance, a group backing a proposal to expand state preschool, were persistent, though. – Mother Jones

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ThreatAdvice announces three contracts
Birmingham cybersecurity firm ThreatAdvice announced it has finalized contracts with three enterprise businesses – Halski Systems, SHI and Aesto Health. CEO David Brasfield said 2018 has been a great year for the company. “We have released six major updates to our solution and continue to gain traction with value-added resellers and partners who see the benefit of offering ThreatAdvice through their sales channels,” Brasfield said in a statement. – AL.com

County leaders identify infrastructure as top 2019 goal
County leaders will continue to push for a new revenue measure for state and local infrastructure programs — saying that the costs associated with the construction and maintenance of county roads and bridges exceeds the resources available to county budgets. – CBS 42

Birmingham firm collaborating with MIT
Birmingham education tech company EdifyOnline has signed a multi-year contract with MITx, an open online course program offered through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to deliver online education programs. MITx courses are offered through the edX platform, which works with more than 100 educational institutions. That includes Harvard, Brown, Cornell and Oxford. The terms of the contract were not disclosed. – AL.com

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