Thanks Solomon. Arg, I just noticed this went under the SQL Server 2005 section... so glad you saw it
If a Moderator see's this and doesn't mind moving this to the appropriate section I'd appropriate it. I'd rather not cross post, but I might not get as many views given I mistakenly put this in the wrong spot.
Also thanks for the links, but I've already gone through those links with no luck. I seem to have all components installed suggested by them and other sites, and even after reinstalling various components I'm getting the same thing.
Also something to note, the server I'm deploying to has both a SQL 2008 R2 and SQL 2012 instance installed, and i'm able to deploy CLR packages to SQL 2008 R2 without issue .. it's just SQL 2012 that's having an issue. Also I'm using Data Tools which gets installed with SQL 2012 and not BIDS, so I know I'm using the correct IDE. I downloaded Data Tools for Visual Studio 2012, but opening the CLR project gives no options to deploy to the SQL Server ... and there's no option to convert it to a SQL Project.