DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - An area CEO says he didn't take a shot at Dayton in his comments to a Waco, Texas newspaper.
MaxFlight CEO Jamie Thomas was in Waco to announce an expansion and the move of his aviation service company's headquarters from Dayton.
But amidst the fanfare, the Waco Tribune-Herald quotes Thomas calling the Dayton a "mini-Detroit".
Detroit filed for bankruptcy in July.
2 NEWS called Thomas to ask about the comment. He says he doesn't recall making it and neither do the company officials who were there with him.
But in a response, the editor of the Waco Tribune-Herald says the newspaper stands by the story.
Beyond the back and forth, 2 NEWS wanted to know if Dayton could be on the same path as Detroit.
Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce President Phil Parker admits the region has its issues, as it tries to replace lost factory jobs, as Detroit has tried to do.
"Yeah we've got our challenges, Parker says. "There's no doubt about that."
But Parker, who was just in Detroit this weekend, says unlike that city, Dayton is already on the path to recovery.
"Business is starting to get a little better," Parker says. "Unemployment is starting to get a little better."
When 2 NEWS asked Dayton's city manager Tim Riordan about the comparison, he said the biggest difference is in the budgets of the two cities.
We found the credit rating agency Moody's gives Dayton a Aa2 rating, which 2011 numbers show is in the top half of the country.
According to its website Detroit has a Caa2 rating, nearly the lowest a city can get.
"In the middle of the worst recession since the Great Depression, Dayton got a bond rating upgrade," Riordan says. "Detroit was going down."
Thomas says even though the headquarters is moving to Waco from its location at the Wright-Brothers Airport, the 27 jobs here will remain.
When police and firefighters arrived, Moore said the victim, a grandfather living at the residence, was trying to go back inside the burning home.
The Tri-State's newest gambling establishment will throw open it's doors Dec. 12 at noon so you can throw down your money.
It could be a big day in the ongoing contract negotiations for Fairborn teachers and the school board.
Assurant opened its new Dayton site this week but is still looking for workers to fill job openings.
This year, they will help 13 families in need buy toys, clothing and other items.