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Default Help with Activator.CreateInstance for DB Provide!

I followed the Activator.CreateInstance method in the book but I can't get this core piece to work. I have a MSAccess db provider for testing purposes but keep getting a compiling error. Can someone help me as to what I'm doing wrong?

namespace Company.DAL
    public abstract class ConfigProvider : DataAccess
        static private ConfigProvider _instance = null;
        static public ConfigProvider Instance
                if (_instance == null)
                    _instance = (ConfigProvider)Activator.CreateInstance(
                     Type.GetType(Company.DAL.MdbClient.MdbConfig ));
                return _instance;

        public abstract string GetConfigValue(ConfigXML site, string id, string name);

Then in the "interchangable" data access layer I have this:
namespace Company.DAL.MdbClient
    public class MdbConfig : ConfigProvider
        public override string GetConfigValue(ConfigXML site, string id, string name)
                string connString = WebConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings[site.SettingsTable.ConnectionStringName].ConnectionString;
                string sqlCmd = "SELECT Value FROM " + site.SettingsTable.TableName + " WHERE UCASE(id)='" + id.ToUpper() + "' AND UCASE(name)='" + name.ToUpper() + "'";

                using (OleDbConnection conn = new OleDbConnection(connString))
                    OleDbCommand cmd = new OleDbCommand(sqlCmd, conn);

                    object obj = cmd.ExecuteScalar();

                    if (obj.Equals(System.DBNull.Value))
                        return string.Empty;
                        return (string)obj;
                return string.Empty;

Then in my aspx page I'm calling the method like this:
Response.Write(ConfigProvider.Instance.GetConfigVa lue(domain, "company", "Address1"));

But I get this error:
Compiler Error Message: CS0119: 'Company.DAL.MdbClient.MdbConfig' is a 'type', which is not valid in the given context
Source Error:
Line 21: if (_instance == null)
Line 22: _instance = (ConfigProvider)Activator.CreateInstance(
Line 23: Type.GetType(Company.DAL.MdbClient.MdbConfig));
Line 24: return _instance;
Line 25: }

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