An introduction to the toolkit for rural communities and community colleges. A step-by-step strategic planning and team-building processes for developing the regional economy and increasing access to education are provided along with profiles of effective practices from many rural communities. Includes 10 videos, three guidebooks, and a notebook of resources. Created in partnership with the Ford Foundation and Video Dialog Inc. with development funding by the Ford Foundation. The toolkit introduction contains an in-depth description of the RCCI, the toolkit contents, and suggestions for use. Published August 1998.