Attractors are working together now more than ever to ensure their missions are being met and to secure their place in the community.
"(Foundations) are looking for ways to support the attractions, so they can help us all together. It's hard to put these various places together. We're investigating shared services," said Joni Blackman, executive director of the Fenton Historical Society.
One of the things attractors are focusing on is working together to get tourists through the door of many of the organizations, rather than just one at a time.
"One attraction is not going to bring people to the area. It really is the area as a whole. I'm not maybe going to drive out to Jamestown just to see the Lucy Desi Museum, or just to see the Robert H. Jackson Center. But, I might come and spend a day," said Debra Pacos, development coordinator for the Robert H. Jackson Center.
Other organizations are looking to extend their reaches even further. Journey Gunderson, executive director for the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center for Comedy, recently traveled to Chicago to unveil a new exhibit at the Museum of Broadcast Communications.
"We're so fortunate to have essentially the Lucy Desi Museum and Desilu Studios at the moment when the nation has voted it the Best Television Show of All-Time," Gunderson said. "Our goals are to continue the growth we've seen in the last couple years, both in terms of visitors from outside of Chautauqua County and offering quality arts and culture programming for visitors within Chautauqua County."
Additionally, Dr. Anton Leenders, CEO and president of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, is looking to expand.
"We're trying to see if we can take (some of the exhibits) on the road, so people can really enjoy (Roger Tory Peterson's) works. The last thing we want is all this priceless work to sit in a vault," Leenders said. "The trick right now is just to build some momentum so that we can look a little farther ahead, so that we can really start dreaming bigger again."
Dreaming big isn't exclusive to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. John Merino, chief executive officer of the Gebbie Foundation, sees an even bigger picture of what Jamestown is.
"We've got a fabulous little community," Merino said. "We've got a lot of local attractions, from the Chautauqua Institution, to the Fenton, Roger Tory Peterson, the ice arena. How does a town of 30,000 people breed things like the 10,000 Maniacs; Lucille Ball, the queen of comedy; Robert H. Jackson, the Supreme Court justice; Roger Tory Peterson, the second, probably greatest naturalist next to James Audubon? What's in the water here?"
Whatever's in the water can clearly stay, as nonprofits move forward in completing their missions.
"Our goals are just to really be a part of building the healthiest and the best community we can," Merino said. "We'll stay committed to that forever."