LINCOLN, Neb. – A central Nebraska community will be receiving over $300,000 to update a local pharmacy.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director Kate Bolz announced Tuesday that her department is investing $300k in the City of Cozad to expand a local pharmacy department, adding security measures, and installing new ventilation. Bolz said the improvements will enhance rural health care for 3,977 people in the Cozad area.

The funds will go to the Cozad Community Health System Pharmacy.

The investment is part of $770 million announced nationwide today by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to beef up market opportunities for rural businesses and people in 36 states and Puerto Rico. The investments include $640 million for 122 projects to help people living in socially vulnerable communities, according to Vilsack's office.

“The economic success of rural America has long been the bedrock of our nation’s economy as a whole,” Vilsack said. “The investments we’re announcing today demonstrate how USDA remains committed to helping people in rural America create new and better market opportunities for our country.”

The awards are being made in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming, and Puerto Rico.