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Philippe Rio has been Mayor of Grigny since 2012. In 2008 he was First Deputy Mayor in charge of urbanism, transportation, economic development and environment. He also previously worked for the municipality of Grigny as a local councillor since 1998. Raised and educated in Grigny, Philippe Rio studied urban planning at Sciences Po, Paris, and later specialised in urban renewal in public institutions.
In addition to his role as Mayor, he is Vice President in charge of sustainable development, energy transition, the water cycle and biodiversity of “Grand Paris Sud”, Vice President of “Ville et Banlieue” and President of the Association “Mayors for peace France”. On 16th October 2017, together with elected officials and field actors, Philippe Rio launched the “Grigny Appeal”. On 14th November 2020, he and a handful of elected officials initiated the open letter from 200 Mayors to the President of the French Republic for the Priority Urban Neighborhoods. On 29th January 2021, he welcomed the Prime Minister to Grigny for the Interministerial Committee for the City. On 13th September 2021, the World Mayor Foundation named him “Best Mayor in the World”.